Did the 1960s Really Happen? (Part one)


At PJMedia, Kathy Shaidle starts a series on the real Sixties, the one few people write bestselling books or make Hollywood movies and PBS documentaries about.

The “peace and love,” psychedelic, “swinging” Sixties were, as one commentator puts it, mostly “a mass hallucination.”

  • UCSPanther

    The only thing I see about the later half of the 1960s and early 1970s was a general movement of shirking civic responsibilities, hedonism, reckless sex, substance abuse and wannabe revolution.

    Like every party, it has to come to an end sooner or later, and the years after that have been like one big hangover of nihilism.

    • I think that is an accurate summation, odd that the PC Zealots of today are attacking all the “freedoms” the 60’s were supposed to be about.

  • mauser 98

    there’s the 00’s… be a Belieber

    • UCSPanther

      Jimi Hendrix at least made decent music and was creative despite his fatal drug habit.

      Justin Beiber is like a lift of lumber: A manufactured product. Except that the lumber is actually useful…

      • mauser 98

        just wish i could have been at concert shown above

    • Clausewitz

      I usually save this one for April 1st……………

      • mauser 98

        Jimi on Star Trek?

  • Pete_Brewster

    Ever been to Ireland, Kathy? Maybe in England the Sixties were a fever dream of art-school students with no idea how well off they were (no thanks to the Labour Party, but that’s another story).

    In Ulster the nightmare was all too real, complete with knockoff race riots and terror campaigns that lasted long after American law enforcement got serious about taking out the trash.

    No Hollywood record execs even bothered flattering us with a visit in search of the next big thing—Van Morrison was discovered in England. Their idea of acknowledging us at all was “Give Ireland Back to the Irish.” No magical mystery tours stopped in Belfast.

    Give Obama this, he hasn’t appointed unrepentant Black Panther or Symbionese Liberation Army veterans to his cabinet. Maybe they’re holding out for a job in Hillary’s, along with Huma Abedin, the Muslim Brotherhood’s girl in DC.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Over Christmas, Gimme Shelter, the film of the Rolling Stones at Altamont in 1969, was on AMC.
    Besides being surprised at how bad the Stones sounded live, even then, it was the crowd that shocked me.
    Nothing like it has been romanticized over the years.
    Just a bunch of drugged up kids either spoiling for a fight or looking to storm the stage.

  • Clausewitz

    The 60’s spawned the sexual revolution which was nothing more than an excuse for the teen and early 20’s men of that period to have all the sex they wanted with multiple partners with little to no responsibility on their part.

    • UCSPanther

      And years later, people have finally learned the hard way that “Free Love” ain’t so free after all…