What is a "flower child"?
- StephLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
Basically its a hippy...
Flower child or Flower Children originated as a synonym for hippie, especially those who gathered in San Francisco and environs during the summer of 1967, which was called the Summer of Love. It was the custom of "Flower Children" to wear flowers to symbolize peace and love. During the earliest years of its use, the term was most commonly used in the plural, only rarely in the singular.
Scott McKenzie's rendition of the song "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" was released in May, 1967. The song was written by John Phillips to promote the June, 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, and it urged visitors to San Francisco to "wear some flowers in (their) hair," in keeping with the festival's billing as "three days of music, love and flowers":
If you're going to San Francisco,
be sure to wear some flowers in your hair...
If you come to San Francisco,
Summertime will be a love-in there.
"San Francisco" became an instant hit (#4 in the United States, #1 in Europe) and quickly transcended its original purpose, bringing as many as 100,000 young people from all over the world to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, Berkeley and other Bay Area cities during the Summer of Love.
The Summer of Love became a watershed event in the development of a worldwide 1960s counterculture when newly recruited Flower Children returned home at the end of the summer, taking with them new styles, ideas and behaviors and introducing them in all major U.S. and Western European cities.
The term achieved shades of political meaning when San Francisco Bay Area Flower Children gathered in Berkeley, California in April, 1969 to participate in the planting of flowers, shrubs, grass and trees during the building of People's Park. After authorities destroyed People's Park and installed an 8' tall chain-link wire fence around its perimeter, planting flowers became a symbol of peaceful resistance. One of the most famous photos from the 1960s is of a young girl sliding a flower down the muzzle of a bayonetted rifle wielded by a National Guardsman assigned to guard People's Park on May 30, 1969.
In the singular, the term flower child was later appropriated to mean Generation X children who have been raised by hippie parents, whether the child was a hippie or not: as of the 1990s flower child could refer to any child brought up in a hippie-like household or having a notably hippie name. People having unusual names such as Cree Summer, Moon Unit, Rainbow Sun, Star, Sunshine or other similar names might be referred to as flower children, regardless of their politics, parentage, or cultural background.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flower_child
- Anonymous5 years ago
Grateful Dead - Working Man's Dead & American Beauty (thanx for listing this great band) Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River the Band - Music From Big Pink Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield & Buffalo Springfield Again Moody Blues - Days of Future Past Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline Janis Joplin - Pearl Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland the Bryds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme Joni Mitchell - Ladies of the Canyon Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
- mixedupLv 41 decade ago
An acid dropping, pachoulie wreaking hippie.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Because they were people trying to save nature
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- 1 decade ago
a hippy ( :