Life During the 1960’s
The 1960s was crammed full of many impacting events and important figures. From Hitchcock releasing one of the greatest thrillers of all time, Psycho, to Marilyn Monroe’s untimely death, to the infamous Woodstock festival. This era changed history completely and made the United States think twice about its youth. Events of the 1960s are still impacting our country as we know it today. The sudden pull from the conservative ‘50s changed America’s views on all aspects of life, including fashion, entertainment, and lifestyles.
While the 1950’s had been very conservative, the stay-at-home housewives, the perfect families and home lives, children of the baby boom soon alternated this into a very different kind of lifestyle. Women were beginning to fight for their rights, and men began to realize them as equals, war in America became a very sore subject, not everyone was “patriotic” and believed we should all fight for our country. The people who began these changes in the ways of thinking were known as “hippies”. The hippie movement began in San Francisco. A hippie in the dictionary is literally defined as a “nonconformist”, -which is exactly true. Hippies went against everything that had been taught to them, they experimented with drugs, such as marijuana and LSD, they dressed in a lazy manor, not caring about their appearance. Wearing things such as flowing dresses or jeans and no bras for women, vests and plenty of jewelry for men. They also protested wars, opened others minds to sexual liberation, and listened to a new kind of music known as psychedelic rock.
Music in the 1960’s took a major turn. Psychedelic drugs began to influence bands and songwriters, resulting in a wide variety of new genres. Some of the popular bands included Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and the Beatles. In 1969, the small town of Woodstock in upstate New York hosted a three day event known throughout the world as...