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#1 Sun 16th Dec 2012 11:08 am

SW
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Inside America's oldest hippie commune

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From free love and sexual liberation to vegetable patches and $3 a day living costs: Inside America's oldest hippie commune

If you thought hippie communities of the Sixties were dead, think again.

Still going strong is America's oldest, The Farm, a piece of 1,700 acre land located in Tennessee, that at its peak in the Eighties had 1,500 members and attracted celebrity visitors like Walter Cronkite and Phil Donahue.

Now, the 160 member community, more about Eco-Friendly living than free love, is the subject of the new documentary, American Commune, in which the filmmaker-sisters who were born there reveal what is like to grow up knowing nothing of commercial beauty, meat, television, or pop culture.

Was this a failed social experiment? According to my husband the hippies are responsible for everything that is wrong with today's world. I totally disagree. We are the epitome of a right headed thinker and a left headed thinker and yet we fit together perfectly. If we as a couple can, why can't the world?


HOPE is the thing with feathers   
That perches in the soul,   
And sings the tune without the words,   
And never stops at all        Emily Dickinson

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#2 Thu 20th Dec 2012 03:33 am

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Re: Inside America's oldest hippie commune

Hey i think they're talking about the commune one of the bestest most awesome girls i know grew up on!
Her name is Celeste. She goes by a musician/dj/vj/badass hat artist name GalaxC Girl. I got to meet her in person finally, after being friends with her online forever. I wasn't expecting to meet her either, she just kind of appeared at a party i was at. We were like "BLAHBLAHBLAHBLAHLBLAHALHALABLA" for hours. I LOVED IT.
http://hippycommune.wordpress.com/2012/ … rent-gods/

She writes this blog some.

So uh... can't say she's bad at all. She's one of the smartes, most beautiful people i've ever met.

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#3 Wed 26th Dec 2012 12:02 pm

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Re: Inside America's oldest hippie commune

I blame infiltration, predation, and Ronald Reagan for the demise of hippies. 

All large movements are infiltrated and coopted for outside agendas and/or control by TPTB.  They even end up funded by the very institutions they're seeking to overthrow. 

As far as predation, think Charles Manson.  Not all the predators were that awful, of course, but they were still damaging.

Reagan ended many social programs such as free clinics which helped enable the hippie lifestyle.  Most people weren't able to get out of the cities and suburbs, so they ended up dropping back in and getting regular jobs.


Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.  Mark Twain

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#4 Wed 9th Jan 2013 07:33 am

SW
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Re: Inside America's oldest hippie commune

I agree Valentine. It seems with Reagan we were all blindfolded to choose the "Midas Choice". And hopefully many of us are figuring this out, that the cost is too high.


HOPE is the thing with feathers   
That perches in the soul,   
And sings the tune without the words,   
And never stops at all        Emily Dickinson

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#5 Wed 9th Jan 2013 09:44 am

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Re: Inside America's oldest hippie commune

SW
Thank you for this.
If your husband thinks that all the bad stuff was caused by the hippies, then surely you
are sleeping with the enemy.
Sure, in the bell curve of those who were/are considered hippies there were/are the dregs
and parasites on the left hand part of the curve and there were the true visionaries on the
right side of the curve.
But at its highest expression it was a movement away from the onslaught of Orwellian death culture and
a reaffirmation of earth-connected, life-affiming and joyous living.

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#6 Wed 9th Jan 2013 01:08 pm

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Re: Inside America's oldest hippie commune

Back then with the Viet Nam war raging on and on; the continuing struggle for civil rights; the gas crisis, I never thought I'd ever say those were the good old days.  Maybe I'm just looking back with rose colored glasses.


Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.  Mark Twain

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#7 Wed 9th Jan 2013 03:42 pm

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Re: Inside America's oldest hippie commune

We're both showing our age here, Valentine.

I was just thinking the other day that when it turned 1980 the US started going downhill
even faster.  That and the fact that we elected a freaking ACTOR as president only showed
me that the whole political process was nothing but a dog and pony show.  Add to that
that corporations became "people" and it got progressively worse.
Yes, the 70's were in fact the good old days.  There has been very little music worth
listening to after 1975 (IMO) except for classical, which has a much longer shelf life than
pop music. 

I was poor, but I damn sure had a lot of fun back then.
 
Then the Blue Meanies took over.

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#8 Thu 10th Jan 2013 02:27 am

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Re: Inside America's oldest hippie commune

I'm sure I could find something you like Tom; there's a lot of new soul, folk and indie rock that doesn't necessarily get much publicity but harkens back to all the great music from before my time.  The internet is wonderful for introducing me to new musicians, it's not like they stopped making music! It seems like the 60s had a very powerful energy (eventually met with backlash) that I feel is similar to one that is building now.

Also, looking forward to seeing this film when it's done.

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#9 Thu 10th Jan 2013 08:52 am

Tom Paine
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EE I'm sure you're right.  But you have to look outside the MSM (mainstream media) to find any
good music, since the MSM only promotes that which serves its interests.

An example I often use is this:
The Mainstream Media doesn't reward artists who try to awaken people:
Paul McCartney gets Knighted.  John Lennon gets killed.

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#10 Fri 11th Jan 2013 11:09 pm

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Re: Inside America's oldest hippie commune

Right.  Totally.  Some great artists are able to slip through those cracks and get some decent exposure though.  I chose these specifically because they all have a sort of "wake up" theme.  I don't know what you're into but for me, soul is probably my favorite genre:

Charles Bradley - The World Is Going Up In Flames
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moiUyFQQE-0

John Legend ft. The Roots - Wake Up Everybody
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJgxJ6JrPkc

Folk has some great stuff going on, too...

Dr. Dog - Easy Beat
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyoY5D93u5s

Monsters of Folk - Temazcal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arkndXvxGag

Honestly I barely know what genre anything is anymore, but indie rock covers a lot of ground.

AWOLNATION - Kill Your Heroes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_H77Ledl_I

Castledoor - Dumpster Diving
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0lu82U4nE4

Then there's great electronic music...

Goldfish - Come Together
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-tNUur2YoU

Or stuff without lyrics...

Emancipator - Nevergreen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhaGE-RG4fc

Hiphop also has a bunch of great artists spreading awesomeness.

Matisyahu - One Day (this one actually got a ton of mainstream play, go Matisyahu!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRmBChQjZPs

Common Market - Re-fresh
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk8bYf9Rn6Q

Anyhow, hope you find something you like!  Also, you can use Pandora or Spotify, throw in one of your favorite artists and it'll link you up with similar music.  I've found a ton of gems through both of them.

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