Hippie also spelled 'hippy' is a member of a
counterculture group that began in the United States
during the Vietnam War, just after the British
Invasion in 1960s. Hippie, Flower Child or Contemporary Hipster are synonyms for a Hippy. Hippies are people whose behavior, dress,
worldviews, use of psychedelic drugs, tastes in art,
music etc. imply a rejection of conventional Upper Middle
Origins of Hippies are in European Bohemians, American 1940s Hipsters and 1950s Beats.
During the 1950s, aspects of the Beat movement metamorphosed into the sixties
counterculture, accompanied by a shift in terminology
from "beatnik" to "hippie" [Read more].
Hence, hippies came from the Beats. The leading writers
known as the "beats" were Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William
Burroughs and Gregory Corso. Their followers were called
"beatniks", and the word "beatnik"
came from the word "beatific", which means
"bestowing bliss, blessings, happiness, blissful,
The most obvious differences between beatniks and hippies
were their tastes in dress and music. Beatniks preferred
Jazz music, abstract art and fashions from Paris, France.
Hippies preferred Folk-Rock music, psychedelic art and
fashions from London (Mod) and San Francisco (jeans,
bandanas, Hippie Look).
The name of The Beatles, a 1960s English band that started
Invasion was a
play of words in the spelling of the words "beat"
+ "beetle = "Beatle".
That play in spelling identified The Beatles with the
Beats and with Hippies. The spelling was a stoke of
genius that came to John Lennon in a dream. On July 6,
1961, John Lennon was asked by a reporter from Mersey Beat (Vol.1 No. 1) how did the name
Beatles arrive? He replied "It came in a vision - a
man appeared on a flaming pie and said 'From this day on
you are Beatles, spelled with an A'. Thank you Mister
Man, they said, thanking him."
To know where were
going, we have to understand where weve
been. In that spirit this website was built. At
first, it was made for folks the author had met
in his travels abroad, who didn't understand the
influence 1960s and hippies had on our modern
culture. The site has also become a source of
first hand information about 1960-70s hippies and the author's personal
experiences, among other things.
Some reasons for the creation of the site
because many websites on the subject
were made by people that were too young in the
1960s to understand what was going on, weren't
born yet or were not hippies themselves,
because the media portrays of the
1960s is often an image created to serve
conservative corporate propaganda interests,
because the author's experiences
were different from those of others,
to prevent destortion of facts about
hippies and 1960s Peace movement,
to contribute to the global
to create a personal home site on
to tell about the author's
to preserve the spirit and ideas
that are dear to hippies,
and for other reasons.
I was there,
drank the wine, smoked the weed, passed the acid
test, got initiated and was given a hippie name:
The Polish Hippy. So, if you won't expect too
much from my writing skills and find the time to
go through some stuff posted on the site, perhaps
you'll learn a bit more about the 1960-70s and
how and why they changed the world so much. But
most of all, this will be a biography of a 1960s
Chicago hippy rather then a research type work on
In my transatlantic travels across the Old and
New Continents and the mentoring work I've done
in Europe I've met folks of all age groups that
didn't understand America; especially the 1960s
cultural revolution and hippies. So, instead of
writing a book on the subject, caring photo
albums and scrap books with me to keep retelling
the same story to persons I've met, I've built
this site instead. There's lots of information,
links, photos, music recordings, stories, my bio,
personal interests etc., and best of all, the
site was made 98% by me. Thus, the site has
become an online work of modern art and
literature that covers many different areas of
interest and activity that can be accesses 24/7
around the planet.
There are other 1960s hippies that have had
different experiences from my own. But in 2001,
when I started working on the site there weren't
many on the Web. Perhaps that was because many
old hippies were not computer literate (though
hippies and psychedelics did play a major role in
the development of computers, informatics and the
World Wide Web, read
or because there weren't any Web 2.0 services available then
such as Facebook, YouTube, MySpace etc. where one
could set up a personal website with ease.