In honour of the alternative community here in Órgiva, we’re starting a new monthly series featuring hippies – old and new. We’re both too young to remember this side of the 1960s but have owned Iron Butterfly’s ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida‘ in the past.
First up is a short 1968 film from San Francisco. It’s a great snapshot of the times (wish we’d been there) and shows various people dancing in parks, banging drums, throwing empty bottles of soda (let’s hope) and someone waving a ‘Rebellion is coming’ flag. A woman standing in front of a ‘Jesus’ sign enjoys the company of a bearded man off his face on something – proving religion and drugs are clearly the right way to go. (Actually, we have no way of proving he had taken anything illegal, perhaps he was just happy.)
It has everything: fabulous hair, spliffs, frisbees and headbands.
The second film features a lot of crying about trees. Trees are important, let’s not forget.
And here is Iron Butterfly’s masterpiece with the world’s most boring drum solo halfway through.
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