Perhaps your impressions of Hippies are solely of narcissistic Baby Boomers with flowers in their hair, getting high at Woodstock, playing the pan pipe and living in a treehouse? Only to then sell out and become Reagan voting Yuppies? I’m sure there’s truth to every stereotype, and a few of the Hippie counterculture can certainly be ridiculed as such. But there were certainly others who talked the talk and walked the walk when it came to Civil Rights and the Anti War Movement.
This week, I interview Yvonne Madera Jaffe. She’s known me since I was a kid, and is truly a VERY inspiring person. You could call her my “Hippie Godmother” (at least I think of her that way). Since a lot of this blog concerns alternative cultures and different ways of living, I tried to find someone I knew who could better explain to me the heady times of the 1960’s and what that was really all about.
The Sixties happened before I was born. I always loved the music of the Beatles, Cream and Jimi Hendrix. but of course it’s difficult to know what it was like when I was never there myself. Hell, I even went to high school in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco: Ground Zero of the The Flower Power movement and the Summer Of Love. But what the heck was all that about anyway? What exactly was the philosophy behind all of these folks and their legacy? And most importantly: if your remember the Sixties, were ever really there??
Well brothers and sisters, prepare to open your narrow, little, square minds and have it completely blown wide open by someone who was there in full and dedicated her life to making the world a better place- even at the very real risk of death and injury to herself. Indeed, a lot of us complain and talk about change (count me in on that), but very few of us actually go out and make it happen for real. From becoming a Freedom Rider in Selma, Alabama and meeting Martin Luther King Jr., to working in social activism for most of her life, Yvonne should be an inspiration to us all. In this interview, she tells me about her experiences as a young woman at the height of the 1960s. You’re gonna hear it all: from Free Love, to Owsley LSD, to race riots, to what lessons, both Positive and Negative, younger generations can learn from their Hippie forebears:
Interview With A Hippie Revolutionary!