EXPERIENCE COUNTER CULTURE HISTORY!
“Long Hair became our Tribal Feathers and an outward expression of the freedom we felt inside, as well as a defiant symbol to the establishment and society.”
– 00individual 2015
The 1960’s and the 1970’s Counter Culture created historic radical ideas and some very common sense ones that were diametrically-opposed to those led by unquestioned traditions and values. Our rebellion was based on a cultural and sociopolitical sea change, a much-needed shift in consciousness from group census to individual thought.
The individual thought however, was of a like mind in the sense that even though we were expressing our individuality we were bonded by our generation’s universal Tribal goals, beliefs, feelings, actions and Brotherly Love.
To show our freedom, unity and love for nature and each other we wore colorful and symbolic clothing to counter the bland beige and grey clothing of the status quo. We smoked Marijuana, expanded our consciousness, made love freely, rocked out and grew our hair naturally long.
To have Long Hair served as a very strong message of freedom of expression sent to society at large and to the sexually-repressed crew-cut militarized average unquestioning male that comprised the societal norm. Taunting by these latent-homosexual manly males only further empowered those of us who were secure in our manhood – there was obvious power in Long Hair – grown men recoiled in fear of us “fairies” – as you can see it was their problem, not ours.
Long Hair also pissed-off the old white rich in power, which was part of the cosmic plan, and further distanced the Generation Gap which although sad, had to happen – rebellious action on all fronts was mandatory and we were the generation to pull that trigger.
Long Hair became our Tribal Feathers and an outward expression of the freedom we felt inside, as well as a defiant symbol to the establishment and society.
This freedom of choice however came with a cost; we were an immediate target of Hippie-hating Cops and over-zealous Narcs just looking for the slightest infraction to harass and arrest – but we stood fast, and to quote David Crosby in regard to long hair as an unjust bulls-eye, “But I’m not givin’ in an inch to fear.”
The times were spirited and we all could feel the change, it was in the air we breathed; we were rebels and outlaws and life always had that tinge of danger as we were breaking “laws” daily – not what we ever considered criminal, but the threat was always there as long as we continued with our Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll lifestyle.
To have long hair felt empowering, pleasurable, magical and natural, it also defined us as members of The Tribe and of the Love Generation that created the positive Historic Cultural Revolution that Altered Society Forever!
TRIBAL TRUTH: LONG HAIR – NATURAL SPIRITUAL POWER
Yogi Bhajan was the esteemed Indian guru who introduced Kundalini Yoga to the United States, and on the topic of cutting one’s hair, he said:
“Our hair fashions might be just a trend, but if we investigate, we may find that we have been depriving ourselves of one of the most valuable sources of energy for human vitality… When the hair on your head is allowed to attain its full, mature length, then phosphorous, calcium, and vitamin D are all produced, and enter the lymphatic fluid, and eventually the spinal fluid through the two ducts on the top of the brain. This ionic change creates more efficient memory and leads to greater physical energy, improved stamina, and patience… Your hair is not there by mistake. It has a definite purpose, which saints will discover and other men will laugh at.”
Album Track Gem
from Deja Vu
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
“Almost Cut My Hair”
It doesn’t have to be the ’60s or the ’70s for you to
let your Freak Flag Fly!
Archival comment from if6ws929 on March 7, 2015 at 9:46 PM said
Another great post my friend, thank you!
In 1965, when I was 15, I went Christmas shopping in NYC with my parents. At that time, the “Beatle haircut” was still popular and to many it was considered long hair. While we walked on the outskirts of Greenwich Village, I noticed a guy carrying a guitar and his hair was very long, much longer than I had seen before. The shoulder length of his hair, the clothes he wore and the confidence in his stride indicated to me that something else was going on, something deeper than the American Bandstand, AM radio, mop top, mod fashions that were currently popular. I somehow knew that he represented a connection between what I had been exposed to and something deeper; it seemed to be more of an extension of the culture than just a connection. I came to understand that, behind the pop culture was a burgeoning counterculture.
At that time, my understanding of the nascent counterculture was intellectual but the more I knew about it, the more I wanted to be a part of it. I felt drawn to it as if it was who I really was. I began to hang out with people older than me, people who were already committed to this new lifestyle and through them I realized that long hair was not at all a fashion statement.
Eventually, my understanding progressed from intellectual to an experiential one. Many insights unfolded with my first LSD experience; one of them is that when looking at myself and others it was obvious that long hair is a natural part of a progression in consciousness. I wasn’t the only one who saw this, the experienced became legion, ended a war, attacked civil injustices, took care of the planet, flung open the doors of perception and created some of the best music ever heard.
We recognized each other by the length of our hair, it set us apart from the mainstream and this bonded us as if we were all born of the same parents. Our tribe grew because we understood a truth that had been lost for far too long, that everything, everything, emanates from Love.
Having long hair was a commitment to our true selves and to each other but the commitment wasn’t always easy to live with. With long hair, we could not expect to get a conventional job. We were profiled by the authorities, imprisoned, mocked, cursed upon, violated and threatened by politicians, police, hardhats and rednecks. In the eyes of Amerika we were branded as outlaws and we proudly lived as such.
…we are forces of chaos and anarchy
Everything they say we are we are
And we are very
Proud of ourselves
Up against the wall mother fucker!…
We Can Be Together – Jefferson Airplane
We supported each other and persevered, we sustained and expanded our collective consciousness every time we got high and we reaffirmed our love for each other, brother and sister, by proudly waving our freak flag. Peace!
if6ws929 at 19/20:
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