Death of Hippie

Photo courtesy of AP/Robert W. Kleino

Many people, most of them from somewhere other than San Francisco, either idealized what they thought was the Hippie life, or condemned it. Much of what we saw taking place in the Haight was an extension of what started out as street theater from a combination of members of the SF Mime Troupe and the Diggers organization.

On October 6, 1967, the Diggers produced what they called, “Death of Hippie.” In response to what became a “commune”-like set of living circumstances for many of the young people who showed up during the Summer of Love, the Diggers tried to take care of those people. With the “Death of Hippie,” they wanted to say to young people, “Stay where you are, bring the revolution to where you live,” instead of traveling to San Francisco.

Here is a clip about that event:

It turned out that the Diggers were on the leading edge of a lifestyle revolution. They moved out of the City and formed communes in more rural settings. Their legacy includes food co-ops, organic farming, green technologies and recycling practices.

Here is Peter Coyote talking about the 1960s.