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Hippies DVD

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 100 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2007

Dig it, man, this documentary will blow your mind as it reveals the roots, the reality and the repercussions of the 60s counterculture movement.

  • Rare, trippy archival materials complement expert commentary and remembrance.
  • As many as 100,000 hippies migrated to San Francisco for the Summer of Love in 1967.
  • Psychedelics, a hippie mainstay, were invented and even promoted by government scientists.


We all think we know what hippies were, but where did they really come from, what did they want, and where did they go? What was life like for the hundreds of thousands of American youth who opted to turn on,"tune in and drop out?" What did society at large make of them? Does their influence continue to this day?

These questions and many more are answered in this mind-expanding special documentary presentation from THE HISTORY CHANNEL®.

Hippies are as cemented in our minds and as common in our popular culture as cowboys and pirates. We know a hippie when we see one: long hair, VW van, and a lot beads. But this stereotype - while often true - doesn't come close to capturing the complexity and significance of what was actually a widespread cultural, political and philosophical movement.

Pursuing the ideals of Peace and Love, unafraid of altering their natural states and pioneering collective experiences such as rock festivals, be-ins and communes, the hippies changed America forever.

With this special DVD, witness the evolution of the hippie counterculture from beatnik coffeehouses and government labs, and meet the influential thinkers who inspired the movement. Tour the wide-open communities hippies endeavored to create and review society's reaction to them. Meet the earliest hippies - whose close-cropped hair and academic demeanor will surprise you - and hippies still "keeping it real" four decades after the Summer of Love.

Whether rocking, tripping, thinking, demonstrating, or just being, the hippies established themselves as a cultural presence that remains as fascinating today as it was shocking then. Experience their world through vivid footage and rare archival images, as well as input from major figures from the movement and historians.

HIPPIES brings this super-charged period vibrantly to life, and gives an unprecedented clarity to a time that, by its nature, was kaleidoscopically bewildering. This is THE HISTORY CHANNEL® at its grooviest. Check it out.

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