Personal project of revivification
Being born in 1959, I missed total immersion in the summers of love but the sentiments were obviously absorbed, embodied in a profound way that powerful hegemony can achieve. I was lucky enough in the late 70s and early 80s to live part of my life in the company of lingering hippies, true bohemians who held on to the threads of their disappearing consciousness. I miss the prevalence of those sentiments, I think we all miss them, deeply. Psychedelia played a significant part in that existence but also in its assassination; the role of psychedelic drugs being manipulated as a cause célèbre for the decline of decency and morals. What really frightened the wealthy and powerful was of course the liberation of wealth and the diffusion of their power; psychedelia opened the minds too broadly. Irresponsible excess and flamboyance as we have painfully and ironically discovered is what we now are suffering from and it didn't emerge from psychedelia and 'The Sixties' but from the greed and deception of the 80s and 90s.
© Neil Montgomery