Area: HIPPY.TALKS
From: Bagrat Ioannisiani (2:5030/386.23)
To: Арви Хаккер
Subj: Я вpубился! (- на тоpмозА)
Date: 23 Oct 97 11:14:00

Hi, Арви:

Like Tuesday October 21 1997 16:37 Арви Хаккер wrote to Nikolay Nikiforov:

 АХ> Ведь "хиппи" -- самоназвание тех, кто были.

 Даже не самоназвание.

                       The Love Generation (Hippies):

   * Why I'm not offended by the name, Hippie

Oddly enough, the term The Love Generation came not from within the group,
but from a cop, police chief Thomas Cahill, to be exact, on January 24,
1967. It was such a perfect name, and I don't think any of the Hippies
objected to it. The term Hippie, however has earlier roots. It was coined
by the Beat Generation, God knows when, and I have no idea which Beat
thought it up. The first time it appeared in the press was on September 6,
1965 in a San Francisco Examiner story titled, "A New Haven for Beatniks,"
which was a story about the Blue Unicorn coffeehouse.

I'm not sure when the Hippies first started objecting to being called
Hippies. I know that Kesey's Pranksters had an unspoken rule not to label
things. "Why limit it," they thought. "If you label it this, then it can't
be that." Well, my answer to that is, "If you don't label it anything, you
can't stash it in the library card catalog. Of course, what they were
objecting to were stereotypes, but I don't think anyone stereotyped the
Hippies until the so-called Summer of Love, when the Hippies really started
getting press coverage, and the Hippie exploitation movies started to be
made.

It was the Digger faction of the Hippies who objected to the term, Summer
of Love. They claimed that the Hippie merchants were hyping up this "Summer
of Love" business in order to make more profit, and it was attracting too
many would-be Hippies to the Haight-Ashbury. They also objected to the
merchants calling their burgers, Love Burgers because they didn't think
that love should be associated with materialism. The best place to read
about this feud between the Diggers and the HIP merchants is in the Digger
Broadsides and the Communications Company Broadsides, but I don't think the
HIP merchant's side of the feud was recorded and archived.

Actually, there was no way to get love out of that summer, in spite of what
the Diggers thought. Besides the Love Burgers (and I don't know if they
registered that trademark or not), there was a book called The Love Book
that the police raised holy Cain over. There hadn't been a fuss in this
town like this over a book since Ginsberg's HOWL came out, and that
happened over 10 years before. Nobody paid much attention to that book
until the Psychedelic Shop got busted over it, which of course, caused it
to sell like hotcakes because everyone wanted to get a copy and see what
all the fuss was about. The author of the book got busted for writing it,
Allen Cohen got busted for selling it and God knows how many other people
got busted for reading it.

They had the trial and it lasted over five weeks. Just about every artist,
poet, writer, philosopher, sociologist and spiritual leader in town had to
drop what they were doing and testify before this trial. In the end, love
won and the police lost. Everywhere you went in the city of San Francisco
that summer, you saw the word love. So anytime someone tries to tell you
that the Summer of Love never really happened, it's just as much a fallacy
as when someone tries to tell you that everything was honky dorie that
summer. The truth of the matter is that the Summer of Love did happen but
everything was definitely not honky dorie.

It took the Hippies a while to learn how to deal with the press. They
didn't grok the concept of assigning one person to be the public relations
person who deals with the press and then telling everyone that when the
press shows up, to send them to the public relations person. The Grateful
Dead seemed to be the first tribe of Hippies to learn this concept. When
their pad was busted in October, 1967, they held a press conference a
couple of days later. All the other Hippies, however, didn't seem to get it
together with the press until Woodstock, 1969. The Altamont bummer that
happened the following winter seemed to be the last bad press the Hippies
really got.

Another problem in the Haight-Ashbury seemed to be a lack of a counsel that
included everyone. The HIP merchants had their "Counsel for a Summer of
Love" and the Diggers had their opposing broadsides, but the Haight-Ashbury
community didn't seem to have anything to bring the whole community
together as a whole, other than a Grateful Dead concert or some other event
in the park. I think it was Woodstock that changed all that.

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Happy trails on you,
 Bagrat

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