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The Rise and Fall of the Summer of Love

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A collection of objects showing the anti-establishment message that defined the burgeoning counterculture movement as seen through the music and poetry that came out of the Summer of Love. The summer of 1967 was the beginning of the popularization of the anti-establishment, which was embodied by the artistic creativity of its members. The movement begins with a carefree, peaceful atmosphere but the rising drug culture of the time eventually ascends to greater prominence. The use of psychedelic drugs not only by the members of the counterculture, but also by the artists producing the soundtrack of the Summer of Love helps define the mood and tone of the time. While the counterculture began with idealistic thoughts of love and peace, the ultimate lack of direction and productivity made the Summer of Love an idealistic escape that turned into a drug-induced nightmare, instead of a legitimate social movement that led to wipespread cultural change.

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Music Propels the Counterculture

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The counterculture movement of the 1960’s became largely about breaking the rules and making a change to better the future of Americans. This movement, more commonly known as the hippie movement, was much more widespread and arguably, more successful than its previous counterparts. This is because of its unique origins rooted in the prosperity of the 1950's and because this counterculture infiltrated every aspect of American culture through various parts of popular culture, specifically music. As music spread the ideas and appearances of the hippies, the counterculture affected music as well. This can be seen through the evolution of two mainstream rock and roll bands, The Beach Boys and the Beatles, from 1962-1969. Through an examination of changes in topics, lyrics, instrumentation, and styles of each band, one can see the great and lasting affects of the hippies on American culture.  

 

 

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