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Drugs, Hikes, and Vanishings in the Himalayas

Justin Shetler disappeared in September on a pilgrimage—and he's apparently not the first

(Newser) - Justin Shetler's last blog post was in August of this year, detailing how he'd just been invited on a Himalayan pilgrimage by a local holy man, or "baba"; his last photo on Instagram (posted around the same time) noted he "should be back to the Internet... More »

Flower Power Icon, Singer Scott McKenzie Dead at 73

'Wear Flowers in Your Hair' defined hippie era

(Newser) - Singer Scott McKenzie, best known for his song "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)," died Saturday at the age of 73, reports the BBC . Released in 1967, "San Francisco" became one of the most iconic songs of the hippie era, helping define the... More »

Tea Partiers Are the New Hippies

Anti-establishment activists using '60s tactics: David Brooks

(Newser) - The anti-establishment types in the Tea Party movement remind David Brooks of another group of protesters who wanted to bring power back to the people and stick it to The Man. The Tea Partiers have adopted many of the tactics the New Left used in the 1960s, from street theater... More »

Tea Partiers: Spoiled Boomers in Midlife Crisis

Movement has a lot of white men who came of age in 1960s

(Newser) - The tea party movement portrays itself as a gang of ordinary, diverse citizens, but in reality it's got a lot of rich, middle-aged white guys who came of age in the '60s. That's telling. This phenomenon is actually "a harbinger of midlife crisis, not political crisis," write Jim... More »

Woodstock Was a 'Nightmare'

(Newser) - Mark Hosenball of Newsweek was at Woodstock, and not only did he not have a good time, but he can’t quite figure out how we’ve “transformed a chaotic mudfest into an epic pageant of peace and love.” Hosenball reminisces about the “massive, teeming, squalid mess”... More »

Hipsters 101: Their History, Bleak Future

Their main enclave is threatened, but no one seems to care

(Newser) - Hipsters. They “sneer when you cop to liking Coldplay”; they “sport cowboy hats and berets”; they’re “the only ones in America who still think Pabst Blue Ribbon is a good beer.” But they’re certainly not a new phenomenon, writes Dan Fletcher for Time. The... More »

Unrepentant Ayers: I Was 'Demonized'

Campaign piñata says of his radical past: We didn't do enough

(Newser) - William Ayers broke his silence this morning on Good Morning America, and he was anything but repentant. The former ‘60s radical called the attacks on him “a profoundly dishonest narrative” designed to “demonize” him, ABC reports. But he didn’t apologize for controversial deeds by him or... More »

Bill Ayers Will Appear on ABC Tomorrow

Campaign bogeyman will discuss path to '60s radicalism

(Newser) - After keeping a low profile through the presidential election in which he became a talking point, Chicago activist Bill Ayers will appear on Good Morning America tomorrow, ABC News reports. In the exclusive TV interview, Ayers will discuss his transformation into a 1960s radical and his memoir, Fugitive Days. More »

Dalai Lama's Home-in-Exile Is Hippie Haven

Ex-pats turn Himalayan town into counterculture zone

(Newser) - Western ex-patriots have turned the Dalai Lama's home-in-exile into a hippie hotspot, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The Himalayan town of Dharamsala, population 20,000, has become a center for for espresso-sipping yoga-lovers and web-surfing monks. Many more come in search of wisdom, but the town is not without its... More »

Kerouac Was Klutzy Fatalist, Tragic Goofball

For On the Road 's 50th, friends remember the real Jack

(Newser) - For today’s 50th anniversary of On the Road’s publication, Slate canvassed some of Jack Kerouac’s associates, creating a dramatic and nostalgic picture. The poet’s agent remembers he was thrown for a loop by the “demon” of “public reaction, celebrity,” and Carolyn Cassady recalls... More »

Burning Man Torched Early

Vandal charged with arson after icon of hedonistic arts festival bursts into flames

(Newser) - A San Francisco vandal torched a giant effigy four days before it was slated to burn as part of the annual hedonistic Burning Man arts festival, according to police. The vandal was arrested for arson and possession of fireworks. Most of the 40-foot Man is still standing, and organizers are... More »

Summer of Love Turns 40

(Newser) - Thousands of young people, dubbed hippies, came to San Franciso beginning in June 1967 to celebrate what became known as the Summer of Love.  And to "turn on, tune in, and drop out."  PBS' American Experience reprises that summer, born of utopian ideals, and ending in... More »

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