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Counter Cultural Festivals of the 1960's!!!

1960's overview

1960's overview
A Time of Music & Fashion
1960 - The Newport Jazz Festival
1961 - Gerde's Folk City
1962 - The American Folk Blues Festival
1963 - March on Washington
1964 - Summer of Love
1965 - Watts Riot
1966 - Trips Festival
1967 - Monterey Pop Festival
1968 - Democratic Presidential Convention
1969 - Woodstock
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Life in the 1960's

Peace, Love, Music, & Happiness!!

1960's Street
Notice how different it was, life was kind, you could walk down the street and not worry about shit.

     Think back to a time when there was no color T.V., when minimum wage was $1.00, when every family had both parents, when woman and blacks were discriminated against, when war drove the U.S. mad and caused most to rebel by; protesting, having sex, doing drugs, and pretty much anything else that was against the law. This time was only 44 years, 528 months, 3,696 days, 88,704 hours, 5,322,240 minutes, or only 319,334,400 seconds ago. The 1960's era was a time for all of thy above and, so much more. In fact it's safe to say the 1960's forever changed the U.S. culturally, spiritually, and even politically.

Nuclear Family
There were no single parents, very little broken homes, life was pretty easy going or so it seems.

Vietnam Troop Training


Vietnam War

John F. Kennedy was young and charismatic, and his brief reign as president was known as Camelot. He was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963. His Vice President, Lyndon B. Johnson became president, and was reelected the following year. To prevent communist North Vietnam from overtaking South Vietnam, the U.S. sent military advisors and some soldiers. It was largely a secret war until 1965, when massive troop buildups were ordered to put an end to the conflict. The draft was accelerated and thus anti-war protests, draft dodgers fled to Canada, and many soldiers reflected the growing disrespect for authority, shooting their officers rather than follow orders. Johnson, blamed by many for the war and the racial unrest in the country, did not run for reelection in 1968.

Uncle Sam
Uncle Sam was a symbol of how your country wanted you and when the draft came out, America said F U!


North Vietnam Captures




     Since the government seemed to not care about the people the people started to not care about the government. Most people rebelled by only being involved in protests. Others became hippies, which meant they didn't buy anything that had to do with the government and lived only for PEACE, LOVE, & HAPPINESS! So pretty much for peace they would not buy anything that would go through the government, thus there’s peace without politics. For love they would have sex as much as possible, thus sex being something that was normally looked down upon now it was a must do (literally). For happiness they would drink and do drugs, mainly LSD and other hallucinogens because they make you forget all that’s happening around you and show you how beautiful and fascinating the world can be. When others that didn't take to the hippie way right away started to desire more freedom they would start falling more and more into the hippie way and live life for PEACE, LOVE, & HAPPINESS! It sounds like a pretty good idea, so most just fell into its trance of freedom. This created a lot of rebellion especially among the youth of the 60's. With all these people wanting to express there thoughts they usually turned to music for a way of getting there emotions out and, or listening to someone that had some of the same emotions. Many musicians kind of fed off this and created songs about peace, sex, and drugs, which lunched some of them into stardom and others into gods! When a very large group of people would get together or even if a small group of people with the same beliefs came together, there would be music, to sing to the world how that group of people felt. Thus creating Counter Cultural Festivals and so we thought that they would be a great focus for our 1960's project!



A hippie circle outside a coorperation! Notice there outfits!
Notice how they don't seem mad, just expressing there opinions!


Again a happy hippie, drinking and having a good old time being free.


This was an add i found, hint it's not against drugs. It's saying were free hippie girls and we'll say yes to having sex with boys how say no to joining the war!



In the 60's most hippie woman burned their bra's as a sign of their new found freedom. 


Another larger group of 60's youth, expressing their emotions with one another.


Since most hippies wanted as little to do with the government as possible, a group of hippies would commonly buy a bus together, paint it with lot's of color and then live in it as they went from festival to festival.

I think the photo speaks for it's self.


Yet another large group of hippies involved in a protest out side a big coorperation.


By The 1960's Group: Katie R., Arnika, Wes, & Isaac.