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Crown of Creation

Today I caught a brief glimpse of something on the History Channel called "Hippies." I say brief glimpse, because I had to turn it off -- they managed to make the whole Sixties hippie thing horrifying from the get-go. Stay with me here -- grant you, the hippie lifestyle was horrifying*, but it didn't get so popular by being totally unattractive from the start. The funny thing is, I don't think the History Channel meant for the show to have this effect; I think they're just inept. It didn't help that they apparently couldn't get the rights to any of the original versions of the Sixties songs they used (at least the ones I heard), so my ears were treated to bad ersatz covers of "San Francisco" and so on.

Anyway, I hate hippies, but I love lots of their music, especially what we used to call "acid rock," which is stuff groups like Jefferson Airplane used to put out. Here's a treat from the Ed Sullivan Show:

(PS: I'm looking for a link to that article on old diseases like scabies and so on that experienced a resurgence during the dirty, dirty hippie days. I was going to use it to make a point but I can't seem to find it. *Update - got it, thanks to Kathy.)

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That's it! Thanks!

Daddyquatro [TypeKey Profile Page]:

I heart Grace Slick. That sweet, angelic face with that VOICE

Thanks for that one.

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