The Sum­mer of Love

Where the ide­al­ists of 1967 went wrong – and the pos­i­tive things they left be­hind

TV Times - - Friday -

doc­u­men­tary / 9.00pm / BBC4

What be­gan as a so­cial ex­per­i­ment in free love quickly de­scended into chaos as up to 500,000 naive kids poured into San Fran­cisco’s Haigh­tash­bury district in the sum­mer of 1967. This sec­ond and con­clud­ing part of the ex­plo­ration of the far-reach­ing im­pact of the Sum­mer of Love looks at the dark side of the coun­ter­cul­ture. The death of the hip­pie, the birth of the yip­pie and a mil­i­tant new left fol­lowed. They lost po­lit­i­cal ar­gu­ments, but the cul­tural in­flu­ence of hip­pies can still be felt to­day in the rise of fem­i­nism, not-for-profit en­ter­prises and the de­vel­op­ment of the in­ter­net, with global, col­lab­o­ra­tive ideals the hip­pies would recog­nise.

Bang­ing the drum for the hip­pies in 1967

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