Perhaps, after the very interesting election result, you might like to relax with a BBC4 documentary airing tonight, entitled The Summer of Love: How Hippies Changed the World. I was pleased to read that it will look at the roots of this phenomenon – exploring “how a 19th century sect of wandering German naturalists led to a generation of hippies dropping out in San Francisco.” Very few people, even in Germany, seem to know about this very positive story. After researching this movement for A Brief History of Nakedness, I decided that the protagonist in my novel The Prophecies should be a child of this movement, who then gets caught up in the insane search for the Holy Grail of racial purity.
At times like these, when the world of politics and violence can occupy so much of our attention, it helps – I believe – to look beneath the surface!
The photo shows a proto-hippy of the 1940’s, Eden Ahbez, who wrote the beautiful song, ‘Nature Boy’, immortalised by Nat King Cole, which you can listen to here: