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    Kilbarry1 Kilbarry1 is offline

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    Death of Hippie Culture - Funeral Notice dated 6 October 1967

    An 8 page "anniversary" special in the Irish Sunday People today -entitled "Summer of Love" with subheading "Hell of a Do but Party had to End", on the demise of Hippie culture and the after-affects of the Summer of Love in 1967.

    The Hippie life-style was becoming squalid by the autumn of 1967. San Francisco was becoming over-run with cynical drug dealers and young teenage runaways. Bulletin boards for the missing started to appear. Criminals could grow their hair long and dress in hippie style too. Free love was used as a cover for rape and abuse. Thousands fell victim to addiction and mental health problems or became homeless.

    .. The Haight-Ashbury scene deteriorated through overcrowding, homelessness and crime. From LSD and marijuana, dealers moved on to more profitable drugs such as heroin and barbiturates. When police arrested one heroin dealer they found in his car the severed arm of a murdered rival. The stoned dealer told them; "I'm very, very hazy about that arm"....

    Anyway the OFFICIAL (sort of) anniversary of the death of this culture will be with us in a few months time. 50 years ago local resident Mary Kaspar organised a "funeral" and produced the following Notice:

    FUNERAL NOTICE
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    HIPPIE

    in the Haight-Ashbury District
    of this city
    Hippie devoted son
    of
    Mass Media

    Friends are invited
    to attend services
    beginning at sunrise
    October 6, 1967
    at
    Buena Vista Park


    The 50th anniversary of this event is almost upon us. How should we commemorate it?
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    Were the remains cremated and installed in an urn?
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    The hippies are running Europe now.
    And a fair bit of the US education system.
    Not too well either!
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    Commemorate it?

    Do the hippie-hippie shake, of course!

    Mind you, I doubt the lard-arses of subsequent generations could manage it without collapsing in their styrofoam cups of genetically-modified popcorn
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Eagle of the Ninth View Post
    Commemorate it?

    Do the hippie-hippie shake, of course!

    Mind you, I doubt the lard-arses of subsequent generations could manage it without collapsing in their styrofoam cups of genetically-modified popcorn

    That's embarrassing - even for you....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Des Quirell View Post
    Were the remains cremated and installed in an urn?
    Funnily enough Mary Kaspar who composed the epitaph, seemed to be in two minds about the hippie movement - or maybe she was afraid of being denounced as a "square" or "Establishment sell-out" or whatever.

    One local Mary Kaspar organised a ceremony she called "The Death of the Hippie". Pallbearers carried a coffin filled with beads, hair, incense and flowers.

    Mary said: "We wanted to signal this was the end of it - stay where you are. Bring the revolution to where you live. Don't come here. It's over and done with".


    Well they sure did that anyway - along with the Criminals and the Drugs and the Mental issues.
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    Bikers such as the Hells Angels, Outlaws, Pagans etc seen the Hippies as easy prey, also Charlie Manson and his 'family' tarnished the expectation of Nirvana
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Eagle of the Ninth View Post
    Commemorate it?

    Do the hippie-hippie shake, of course!

    Mind you, I doubt the lard-arses of subsequent generations could manage it without collapsing in their styrofoam cups of genetically-modified popcorn
    Rots in his younger guise set up a quasi Hippie enterprise back in the mists of a different Ireland. Needless to say it had a short life span, but perhaps future generations of Idealistic Irish youth will revive the Tie-dye lifestyle..
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    Quote Originally Posted by PO'Neill View Post
    Bikers such as the Hells Angels, Outlaws, Pagans etc seen the Hippies as easy prey, also Charlie Manson and his 'family' tarnished the expectation of Nirvana
    You sound like you are still in the primary school playground.
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