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Haight-Ashbury Hippies: Age of Flower Power (03:15)


Archival news footage show the 40-block area of San Francisco taken over by young people in 1967. "Love" means not only sex, but also non-violence, sharing, and peace.

Culture Clashes in Haight-Ashbury District (02:38)

The hippie scene in San Francisco attracts motorcycle "toughs" who are spoiling for fights. Archival film footage shows hippies in the summer of 1967 talking about love, "family" units, and a lifestyle modeled after Native Americans.

Population of Haight-Ashbury (05:28)

The hippie population is made up of young people who have dropped out from "straight" society, and they are looking for personal answers in a psychedelic world of mind-expanding drugs. Poet Michael McClure speaks for the hippie generation.

Interview with Timothy Leary 1967 (03:09)

Timothy Leary, speaking for the hippie generation, explains to Hugh Downs what the hippies mean to him and the extent of institutions the hippies have set up for themselves. Leary defends the "drop-out" generation against "straight" political institutions.

Characteristics of the Psychedelic Generation (03:32)

The motto of the hippie generation is "Do your own thing." Timothy Leary argues that young people do not want things, they just want to have fun. The key to the psychedelic movement is control of consciousness.

Grown-Ups vs. the Younger Generation (02:45)

Timothy Leary discusses how a psychedelic government would differ from the current "straight" one. Everyone over 40 should drop out and smoke marijuana with their kids to understand why their kids are happier than the adults are.

Hippies and Drugs (02:42)

LSD became cheaply and readily available first in San Francisco. Each week, hippies consume 100,000 tabs of LSD and one ton of marijuana. Thousands upon thousands of young people come to San Francisco for the drugs.

Hippie Love or Hippie Dope Dealing? (03:42)

As tourists and their cameras flood the Haight-Ashbury district, the hippies peddle their journalism and trinkets for money. Some beg for the drug money. Archival film footage shows a hippie protest and a hippie wedding.

Hippie Evolution: Communes and Dope (03:01)

Hippies moved out of the city and started communes, or communal living situations. In the Ben Lomond commune, hippies seek escape from reported, tourists, high rents, and police. City kids come to the communes to buy dope.

Mass Media's Role in Drug Culture (01:10)

In the 1960s, mass media contributed to the drug culture through song lyrics, psychedelic fashions, and comedian commentary. The message teenagers receive is that drugs are fun, and are what's happening with "in" people.

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The Summer of Love: 1967

Part of the Series : NBC News Time Capsule
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The “Summer of Love” is remembered today through a haze of nostalgia, hindsight, and hype. But how was the emergence of the youth counterculture actually covered at the time? In this program, selections from the NBC News archives offer an insightful look at the beginning of a cultural shock wave that is still being felt and debated today. Reporter Aline Saarinen offers a reality check as she covers the scene in Haight-Ashbury, while Hugh Downs talks with LSD advocate Timothy Leary and Jack Perkins reports on the prevalence of drugs in the hippie culture.

Length: 34 minutes

Item#: BVL39063

ISBN: 978-1-4213-9125-0

Copyright date: ©2007

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