Flowerpower was a youth culture from the United States in the late 60s and early 70s. The term was first used by the poet Allen Ginsberg in 1965. A first beginning arose on the campus of the University of California and especially in San Francisco where the pop group The Doors made a first start. The movement came on steam when The Beatles identified with it and their album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band came out.
The Woodstock music festival was a highlight of the flowerpower movement. Psychedelic music and protest against the war in Vietnam were discussed.
The people who were in the flower power subculture were also called hippies. They often lived in communes, smoked weed, drank tea and listened to psychedelic music. They protested against war, hunger and poverty in the world. The musical Hair gives a good idea of the resistance against the war in Vietnam. Hippies also felt that man should live in harmony with nature. It was an open way of life that was not always appreciated by older generations.
Although in Europe and Canada certain young people took over aspects of the typical hippie lifestyle, the real Flower Power movement was nevertheless an expression of a counterculture in American society. In this time many considered Amsterdam as a magical center, others London. Hashish and weed became popular, although the use was not yet tolerated. LSD was also used but hardly any hard drugs and many hippies were not crazy about alcohol.
Flowerpower also expressed itself in clothing and hairstyles: colorful patterns and colors, hair bands, slippers, raw cotton shirts, shirts in bright floral designs, loose clothing (often Indian cut), or super tight clothes: the hot pants and the miniskirt made their appearance to emphasize the independence of the woman.
Flower Power shirts can be found and ordered online. Much in bright colored expressive floral designs, inspired by hippie culture.
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