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Haight Ashbury In The 1960’s: A Vibrant Hippie History

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In this paper, I want to share the history of Haight Ashbury, and its transition from a small town with nice Victorian homes, to its deterioration in the 1960’s. The importance of a farm in Woodstock, to the Cultural Revolution and how it all spread from there including the role of radio and television in spreading the news of the hippie movement and how an attempt to free culture from its moral ideals and standards only led it with no standards or moral compass, and all they were left with was thought to be an idea of the Summer of Love.
Haight Ashbury and its history has been an amazing phenomenon to many visitors. I have found that many people have visited to see the art, learn about the culture, and even hear about what kind of music everyone was obsessed with. Haight was named a “Vibrant Hippie History” because of its bright colors and very artsy buildings. In 1967, Haight formed the famous heyday, which included the infamous “Summer of Love.” This “Summer of Love” included a very psychedelic movement of experimentation and peaceful protests. The way that Haight Ashbury died out was caused by a fall but was originally a neighborhood of revolutionaries, famous singers, and cult leaders. I observed this fall and found out that it had been caused by people trashing it and abandoning it. It was later then filled with homeless people and drugs.
Why does Haight have an “artsy” culture? Well I can tell you. In the 1960’s, artists from spiritual groups, musical groups, and famous musicians descended on Haight Asbury to express their creativity. Fueled by drugs, this often gave the artists and participants a bad reputation. Local filmmakers and independent artists would show their movie work at the Red Vic Theater. The artists would push the boundaries of the hippie movement and often, their work would become rejected by more established artists.
As a young city in San Francisco, Haight Ashbury was full of farms and open spaces. A boom of building was experienced in the neighborhood as a result of the Haight cable car line being built. This made it an upper-middle-class with lovely homes. This area suffered a serious decline with a great depression, and as a result, many vacant houses. With the empty houses for sale, and cheap rent, young people known as beatniks began to move in. These beatniks became known as the Hippies in the 1960’s. This run-down district became a center for illegal drugs, and rock groups. The entertainment of the day was psychedelic rock, and drug induced music. Before the completion of the Haight Street Cable Railroad, there were many isolated farms. These areas were full of grape vineyards and fresh fruits. With the sandy soil, and plentiful rain, the sandy soil was ideal for growing fruits and vegetables.
One of the most famous farms of the Haight Ashbury era in 1969 was called Woodstock. On this farmland, a man named Arty Kornfeld created and produced the largest open air music festival in history. Hordes of hippies,...

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