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22 September 2011 @ 01:18 pm
Old hippies  
It's hard to find pictures of heavy-set hippie men (or women, for that matter) from that era. Leaving aside the question of whether or not people overall weighed less, it seems to me that the hippie aesthetic leaned towards the thin side, and so maybe fat people self-selected themselves out. Also, virtually all the visual records we have came from photojournalists, many of them straight men, who focused on the "cute hippie chicks" and probably overlooked a lot of others in the numerous depictions we have of protests, be-ins, park gatherings, and so on.

Here's one from a San Francisco protest, probably 1968 or 1969, with two heavier men in the center (click to enlarge:)

Since those halcyon days, middle age has crept up on many. So here are some old hippies for you all to enjoy, since a lot of old hippie guys got fat.

And last but not least, Jerry Garcia (RIP)

Current Music: "A Very Cellular Song," the Incredible String Band
maxauburn: Me-Nov-20-Sat-2010maxauburn on September 22nd, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
I must agree with Doris Duke; the whole hippie "Peace & Love" thing was only so much phony narcississtic crap.

This is in hindsight: I'm looking back on the 60's as a 54 year old man.

I had a chance to go to Woodstock but my mom said, " No, there'll be drugs there."

I was only 12 in summer 1969; too young by just a few years to understand what things were all about just yet.

The best thing about the 60's for me?

The hair, the music, the cartoons, the moon landing, and how cool everything seemed at the time.

Would I want to back now as a 54 year old guy to 1969? No thanks, been there, done that.

At my age, I realize how important it is to just be yourself - and not to look to a group or a movement to find purpose in one's life.

Purpose comes from within, not from something that is artificial: "Let's be non-comformists in a conformist kind of way."

No thanks!

Some Bob Hite pics: (And yes, he was hot! He died in 1981 at age 38 of a sudden heart attack.)

Edited at 2011-09-22 11:46 pm (UTC)