I get chills every time that I hear Jimi Hendrix play the “Star-Spangled Banner,” or when I watch Richie Havens tapping his foot and hearing him singing about finding freedom. I am not a baby boomer, of course, but I know about the Woodstock Festival in 1969. That said, I’ll pose a question to boomers (or members of that generation who were once hippies): Why did you sell out?
Woodstock was about peace, love and darn good music – not making money, right? The same could be said of the fabled “Summer of Love,” 50 years ago.
Inspired by the writings of Jack Kerouac or perhaps the lyrics of Bob Dylan, many young Americans embarked in search of a lifestyle that was different from the conformity of 9-5 jobs and staid lives that grounded their parents and grandparents.
As wave after wave of baby boomers came of age in the late 1960s, some were drawn to the magnet of San Francisco. A youthful counterculture thrived there and beckoned the young with “free love,” easily accessible drugs such as marijuana,