No, the hip­pies didn’t live for ‘free love.’

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - By Joshua Clark Davis

Dur­ing a spe­cial sum­mer 50 years ago, young peo­ple from all over Amer­ica flooded into San Fran­cisco’s Haight­Ash­bury neigh­bor­hood in hopes of join­ing the hip­pies, a new group of re­bel­lious dream­ers vow­ing to teach any­one who would lis­ten how to find peace, love and hap­pi­ness. It was the Sum­mer of Love. Re­porters and cu­ri­ous tourists came to San Fran­cisco check out th­ese strange kids for them­selves. But the del­uge of me­dia at­ten­tion launched a set of spu­ri­ous myths about the hip­pies, many of which have been per­pet­u­ated by overly nos­tal­gic ide­al­ists and un­duly harsh crit­ics. Here are five of the most per­sis­tent.


Hip­pies in San Fran­cisco’s Golden Gate Park in Au­gust 1967, dur­ing the Sum­mer of Love. The hip­pies’ in­flu­ence peaked in the 1970s.

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