has anyone checked out this show:
http://www.history.com/shows.do?episode ... ion=detail
It was OK, kinda reiterated most of the standard talking points, I think concentrated on the mostly negative aspects of hippies, but did give them some kudos.
They talked about how it was hippies that really brought the whole eastern philosophies to Western Culture via the beatles (even though George Harrison tuned out LSD based on seeing the filth at the Haight).
They mentioned about how hippies really were kinda forced into the commune world becuase they were always in conflict with some group - either people considered them smelly dropouts (rich) or invaders of their affordable housing (poor). The more popular they got, the more they were pushed out.
I had no idea that Charles Manson was a Haight child, and was friends with Neil Young.
They also attributed the popularity of social causes to the hippies. The hippies started some popular protests, but it was other groups that really got the credit. The "yippies" and the DNC convention, and the environmental movement.
It also dabbled in the typical woodstock/altamont fiascos. They talked about how bad the bad trips got when someone said "don't take the bad acid" - of course, everyone thought they had and it got ugly.
However, some of the commentators were obviously anti-hippie and even the pro-hippies talked in a failed voice. I got the impression that the story had to try hard to associate good things with the hippies.
Of course, you'll see the stock Grateful Dead footage, plus some interesting protests when California outlawed LSD.
All in all, if you get a chance to watch it, take it.