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It's hard to find pictures of heavy-set hippie men (or women, for that matter) from that era. Leaving aside the question of whether or not people overall weighed less, it seems to me that the hippie aesthetic leaned towards the thin side, and so maybe fat people self-selected themselves out. Also, virtually all the visual records we have came from photojournalists, many of them straight men, who focused on the "cute hippie chicks" and probably overlooked a lot of others in the numerous depictions we have of protests, be-ins, park gatherings, and so on.

Here's one from a San Francisco protest, probably 1968 or 1969, with two heavier men in the center (click to enlarge:)

Since those halcyon days, middle age has crept up on many. So here are some old hippies for you all to enjoy, since a lot of old hippie guys got fat.

And last but not least, Jerry Garcia (RIP)

Date: 2011-09-22 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I happen to live in one of the remaining bastions of hippiedom, and grew up in that culture... so I'm glad to say that the values of making one's own culture etc. are still pretty prevalent in my community! Check out Oregon Country Fair photos for more such pix...

Date: 2011-09-22 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah... I often forget my town is not typical!

Another thing I love on the older hippie generation is the beautiful long silvery hair. I've looked forward to grey hair ever since I was a kid, and I'm starting on mine...

Date: 2011-09-22 08:06 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-22 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I did live through the period and old enough to have participated.
I am not sure why you see no fat folks in pictures, but believe me there were many who would have given Cass Elliott a run for her money.
I have a feeling you have a romantic view of hippidom. Most were not working toward a better world, for the sake of a better world. They joined in because of the free flow of drugs and sex and no responsibility involved. They were just as much as sheep then as the tea party is today. The only really united thought was the anti war movement.

The making of ones own culture sounds good until you look at the culture that was being made. Communes where they could not support themselves; so creative shopping was prevalent, the use of others land with no permission. Most were little peyton places and all the drama with the lack of bathing.

Yes there were some who had a world view of real peace and love and good for all, but for the most part it was just one big party that did no good for anyone.

Date: 2011-09-22 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I have to agree with you. Frank Zappa’s We’re Only In It for the Money is probably the most accurate view of what hippiedom was really like, more so than any of those romanticized views of it.

Date: 2011-09-22 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well but also they (you) were all so young. it takes time to figure out living communally, for instance, and the successful intentional communities we have today are in many ways based on the failure of the ones you're talking about.

Date: 2011-09-22 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So glad to see you posting again! How have you been feeling?

Not forgetting an old favourite of mine, Bob “The Bear” Hite:

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I hope I don’t need to point him out to you on that cover.

Date: 2011-09-22 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I must agree with Doris Duke; the whole hippie "Peace & Love" thing was only so much phony narcississtic crap.

This is in hindsight: I'm looking back on the 60's as a 54 year old man.

I had a chance to go to Woodstock but my mom said, " No, there'll be drugs there."

I was only 12 in summer 1969; too young by just a few years to understand what things were all about just yet.

The best thing about the 60's for me?

The hair, the music, the cartoons, the moon landing, and how cool everything seemed at the time.

Would I want to back now as a 54 year old guy to 1969? No thanks, been there, done that.

At my age, I realize how important it is to just be yourself - and not to look to a group or a movement to find purpose in one's life.

Purpose comes from within, not from something that is artificial: "Let's be non-comformists in a conformist kind of way."

No thanks!

Some Bob Hite pics: (And yes, he was hot! He died in 1981 at age 38 of a sudden heart attack.)

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Edited Date: 2011-09-22 11:46 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-23 10:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The guy on the recumbent has great gams!

And I have to agree with the commenter above about long, silvery hair. Yum!

Date: 2011-09-23 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

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