The link to the Laurel Canyon site is interesting and brought back many memories. However I wouldn't call Laural Canyon the birth of the Hippie Movement. There beatniks before that and of course bohemians WAY before that even.

Tim Leary never mentioned drugs during his at the event my band opened. He talked about enlightenment and ways (other than drugs) of achieving it.

Music always pushes the edge, many of the rock musicians in the 60s bands had jazz backgrounds so we put a little jazz into the music, as much as we could get away with. Thus it had a very ethereal sound. Record companies looked for bands who were a little ahead of the time.

As for the protest songs they were what the record companies would let them get away with. "For What It's Worth" like the blog writer points out was about a clash with the police over a popular coffee house.

A lot of the rock musicians were around 2-4 years older than myself and indeed some had done a stint in the military. But other than getting to see the world a little it had little impact on their music. Of course a lot of my fellow musicians were sons and daughters of dads who had served in WWII.

And some knew "people in high places" which kept them from getting busted with drugs by getting tipped when they were "hot". ;-)

On 11/04/2014 12:36 PM, 'Richard J. Williams' [FairfieldLife] wrote:

On 11/4/2014 1:22 PM, Bhairitu [FairfieldLife] wrote:
Back in the late 1960s during the "psychedelic era" there were all kinds of crooks trying to pull mind control on folks
We always suspected this and my theory is that the hippie movement was infiltrated by outside agents in a mass effort to program the whole hippie community into falling down into a rabbit hole of confusion and ribaldry so as to self-destruct.

First they sent out informants like Tim Leary to try and talk us into taking psychedelic substances so as to alter our consciousness. Then, they sent in the rock singers to get us into a trance state with loud rhythm music and liberal lyrics.

So, with the hippies all stoned out and getting programmed by the rock music, they became like robots controlled through suggestion and brain-washing. I mean, have you actually read the lyrics of some of those 60's protest songs?/

"There is something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear. There's a man with a gun over there." - Stephen Stills
/It is interesting that many of the late sixties rock singers were military brats and all connected to the U.S. military. In some cases, the rock singers were previously actually in the U.S. Military.

For example, Jim Morrison's father was a U.S. Navy admiral in Vietnam and Frank Zappa was a former Air Force Airman. This list of these military brats goes on and on. Go figure.

*The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon & Birth of the Hippie Generation*

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