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Hippie Music

Hippies, and the fond memories of their era harbored by so many, go hand in hand with the bands and the music that gave a voice to the counterculture movement. Hippie music was not solely about one specific sound, although many musicians had a style that was decidedly "hippie." Nor was it always about a distinctive message, although many artists did indeed have deep and powerful things to say.

At one end of the spectrum were folk musicians who took to the stage with little more than an acoustic guitar, their voices and a bit of poetry. Take Peter, Paul and Mary's version of "This Land is Your Land," a song that said "Yes, America is beautiful and it belongs to We the People. It doesn't belong to the government and it doesn't belong to the stockholders." Or take Bob Dylan, who melded the folk song and the protest song together and brought them both to new heights. These artists were hardly psychedelic but they were hippie icons nonetheless.

Hippie music could also be loud and proud. Guys like Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana made their electric guitars scream and sing with stacks of amps and effects, and they too had enough hippie credentials to play Woodstock. Hippie music spanned numerous genres: folk, rock and blues were all equally represented. The Doors, a band who took psychedelia quite seriously, even brought a good bit of Jazz into their sound. The one common thread among all of them was their solidarity. They eschewed the establishment, the straight look, the rules and the rampant greedy consumerism.