Original Hippies

Where have all the Hippies gone, long time passing… That may well have been the lyric of Pete Seeger’s song had it been written today. It seems a long time since the movement was a visible part of our culture and the few traces we see of a hippy movement today are usually restricted to a few festivals and Somerset. We tracked down a few original Hippies to see what they were doing today. The three Hippies that took part have maybe moved away from a life in a caravan, from front lining passionate demonstrations in front of the Royal Courts of Justice, from publishing radical ‘legalise cannabis’ magazines or from free love with anyone who appealed to them. This does of course not mean that these original Hippies are not still engaged with issues that have always been forefront in the Hippy culture. Lee Harris was arrested for selling king size rolling papers back in the 60’s and is still running one of London’s oldest smoking paraphernalia shops The Alchemy Shop. Dale Vince was a hippy who had never had a house and who always lived in a Gipsy caravan with no electricity. He now lives in a house in the Cotswolds but is running one of the UK’s most successful eco energy companies. Lynn Lovell was a typical free hippy, believing in free love and free nudity. Lynn is now still promoting free nudity at festivals and other gatherings as well as preforming Pagan rituals. It is good to see these values being carried on and everyone involved in the feature has proven to us that hippy values are now a part of the foundation of the 21st century society.

Lynn Lovell

Lynn Lovell

Lee Harris

Lee Harris

Dale Vince

Dale Vince

Lee Harris

Lee Harris

Lynn Lovell

Lynn Lovell