Flower Power

Photograph of a Female Demonstrator Offering a...
Photograph of a Female Demonstrator Offering a Flower to a Military Police Officer, 10/21/1967 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Flower Power is a phrase used by the hippie generation of the 1960s and 70s to convey the idea of peace and love over hatred and war. The flower power movement arose among dissatisfied youths in reaction to the Vietnam war, social problems (such as sexism and racism), and to the system in general.

Among other things it advocated sexual liberation (free love), women’s liberation (replete with the bra burning movement), the use of mind-altering drugs like THC and LSD, and the brotherhood and sisterhood of humanity.

Apparently the American poet Allen Ginsberg was the first to use the term in 1965.

In music, flower power was epitomized by musical performers like Tiny Tim, Buffalo Springfield, Jefferson Airplane and The Moody Blues.

Many see the summer of 1967 as the height of the flower power era. The Beatles released their landmark lp, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, while The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and many other artists cut important records for the history of rock music.

Today, the term flower power has lost much of its original meaning. It’s used, for instance, by fashion companies and TV execs trying to cash in on a new generation’s largely imaginary view of what the hippie era was like. But those interested in learning more about the era can still delve deep into its music, thanks to an outstanding college radio show Dementia 13, which goes well beyond the top 100 of the 1960s and 70s.


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