Week 4 Blog Post – Youth Subcultures

The Hippie Sub-cultural Movement.  


Fig.1 COUNTRCULTUR (2012) Hippies [Online Image].Available from: http://www.countrcultur.com/thehippies.htm[Accessed 24/10/13]

Brief Overview

The Hippie subculture was originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the middle of 1960s and eventually spread worldwide. The term Hippie came from hipster originally used to describe beatniks who emigrated to New York City’s Greenwich Village and San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. The subculture was a combination of the Hipsters Subculture from the 1940’s America and the Bohemian lifestyle of the late 1800’s associated with the academic.


Fig.2 RICHARD GROSSER (2011) Jimi Hendrix [Online Image].Available from:http://rikigo.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/jimi-hendrix-guitar-list.html[Accessed 24/10/13]

Jimi Hendrix

I have chosen to write my Blog on Jimi Hendrix has he encapsulates the essence of the Hippie subculture and is world renowned for his ethnic and bohemian style.

Theories/Topics Associated with chosen Subculture in relation to Hendrix.

Being a hippie is a matter of accepting a universal belief system that extends beyond the social, political, and moral norms of any established structure of society, be it a class, church, or government.

Hippies created their own communities, listened to psychedelic rock, embraced the sexual revolution and some explored altered states of consciousness through the use of hallucinogenic drugs.

Jimi Hendrix fronted many of these contexts within both his music and lifestyle throughout his musical career at this time.

His Style

The dictionary defines a hippie as one who doesn’t conform to society’s standards and advocates a liberal attitude and lifestyle. I think this describes Jimi Hendrix’s lifestyle perfectly.

When one mentions the name Jimi Hendrix events such as Woodstock, the summer of love, the war in Vietnam and the iconic image of Hendrix in a Napoleonic style blazer will often come to mind.

He is most commonly photographed during this revolutionary period in America wearing flared jeans, distressed denim, fringed shirts and relaxed bohemian stylized prints.

There was one colour in particular that Jimi Hendrix would often wear Purple, a colour said to imply creativity, individuality, immaturity and recklessness. Perhaps this was one of Jimi Hendrix’s numerous ways to make a statement and to tell the world his cultural beliefs, as he did so often through his music to the world.

Has the Original meaning been lost?

Certainly. Hippie’s used to resemble people trying to make a change in the world to make it a better place for the progress to come. Today however Hippies are more commonly referred to as wasters, lost in a time portal of 1960’s and 1970’s euphoric music, determined to halt progress because the world has not yet diverted to a more natural way of life and instead has steered head long into a society filled with an ever increasing man made industry. Involving technology and military arms.

However in many ways the world has become more accepting to issues highlighted by Hippies decades before. For example topics such as the war in Vietnam, sexuality, religion, freedom of speech and the environment have changed drastically in the last few decades and opinions now lean to similar opinions of that of many Hippies during the 60’s and 70’s.

Books referenced

1)     POLHEMUS, T (1994) Street Style. London V&A Publishing

2)     CROSS, CHARLES.R (2005) Room Full of Mirrors: a biography of Jimi Hendrix. London: Sceptre.

Subculture info

WIKIPEDIA (2013) Bohemianism [Online].Available from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohemianism#People[Accessed 24/10/13]

WIKIPEDIA (2013) Hippies [Online].Available from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippie[Accessed 24/10/13]

WIKIPEDIA (2013) Jimi Hendrix [Online].Available from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimi_Hendrix[Accessed 24/10/13]

Fashion info and background on Jimi Hendrix

LUANA GABRIELLA (2013) Hey Jimmi [Online].Available from: http://www.foreverboho.com/tag/jimi-hendrix/[Accessed 24/10/13]

DR.TOM (2008) Jimi Hendrix Info [Online].Available from: http://hiphappy.me/2008/07/16/jimi-hendrix/[Accessed 24/10/13]

SONIA (2011) Run Away Hippie [Online]. Available from: http://runwayhippie.com/2011/05/03/style-icon-jimi-hendrix/[Accessed 24/10/13]

John Jannuzzi (2013) What Would Jimi Hendrix Wear Right Now? [Online]. Available from: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/mens-fashion/jimi-hendrix-clothes-2011[Accessed 24/10/13]

ADAM FOX (2012) Style Icon Jimi Hendrix [Online].Available from: http://uk.askmen.com/fashion/style_icon_100/126_style-icon-jimi-hendrix.html[Accessed 24/10/13]

CHARLES WELCH (2013) The 1960’s- A Time Of Change [Online].Available from: http://www.earthlyissues.com/music60.htm[Accessed 24/10/13]