Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bell Bottoms and Macramé

I have two hippie memories.

One was making about a million beaded macramé plant holders. I don’t think we ended up with even one on display.

The other memory involved fashion.  (A region in which I have always been inadequate.) 

When I started Junior High bell bottom jeans and long straight hair was on its way out. Not to say I didn’t have a few bell bottoms that I was still rotating through my weekly apparel.

One day, a student was wearing bell bottoms sitting in the school entrance trying to get some assignment done.  Another guy came up to him, “Why are you wearing those? You trying to be a
hippie or something? You need some 501’s.” 

Levi 501’s were the brand of choice. Size printed on the leather patch in back and button fly. We would slit a few inches of the ankle portion of the jeans leaving them long enough to puddle at the ankle but making room for our Nike Oceanias to be visible.

Anyway, I was  the age right after the Flower Children, when there was a backlash against the anti-establish hippies. 

Preppy (from rich kids in college prep school) was now the socially influential standard. Yep, it’s that generation that started the “Greed is Good” shift. What a fantastic contribution to society!


“Hippies are lots of fun, as long as they are not involved in commerce.” Phil MacNutt

“Old hippies don't die, they just lie low until then laughter stops and their time comes round again.” Joseph Gallivan

“Hell no, we won't go.” Protest chant against the Vietnam war.  

"People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around, the music and the ideas." Bob Dylan

"Guess what, I might be the first hippie pinup girl." Janis Joplin

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there would be peace.” John Lennon

“It's better to burn out than fade away.” Neil Young

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