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