Although the elements of the hippie movement came long before Woodstock and peace signs, the era of the 1960s is most often associated with the hippie counter culture. Driven by dissatisfaction with "the man"- mainstream materialism and waste- and a desire to return to nature and harmony, hippies were united in cause and connected through diversity. Some key factors were common in the hippie movement.
Music in the hippie movement was a key, unifying element. It could range from blues and jazz inspired to folk music to rock and roll. The important thing was the message and spirit of the music. Woodstock, the music festival that was a defining moment for the culture of hippies, was rather diverse musically. No matter the sound, though, music for hippies was a way to relate to one another and connect to nature and peace.
Possibly a derivative of earlier movements to literally throw off modern confinements in clothing and style in nudist living, hippies dressed in characteristically loose and comfortable clothing, usually with bright colors and patterns in contrast with modern fashion and restrictions. Handmade jewelry was also typically worn, along with long, flowing hairstyles.
Hippie foods and problems
In keeping with the call to return to nature, hippies typically focused on eating natural foods, preferably organic. This was also conducive to their communal and nature-driven lifestyles. Somewhat contrary to their healthy diet preferences, though, was a tendency for drug use. Psychedelic drugs were used primarily for spiritual purposes, to throw off inhibitions.
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