‘The Hippie Temptation’ is a CBS TV documentary from 1967 and really is of its time, exposing as it does the ‘shocking truth’ about Americas hippies, those drugged out degenerates of the late 60s. It’s an interesting film to watch as you really get the sense of how afraid straight America was of the rise of hippie culture.
In the report Harry Reasoner and Warren Wallace visit the Haight Ashbury District in San Francisco to find out more about the ‘Movement’, learn the scientific truth about LSD, the hazards of flashbacks and all about hippie love. Best of all is an interview with the Grateful Dead and a clip of Canned Heat magic in a ballroom.
As one of the interviewees says:
My mom thinks that where I’m living down here the Hippies are a bunch of dirty, filthy, infectious people. This is my bag and I found my place here and I scream and I holler and I’m happy.
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