The Sixties

A 1967 VW Kombi bus decorated with hand-painting
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I was watching an informercial featuring Sixties music when the idea came to me to look up websites devoted to that tumultuous decade. I thought it would be easy. It wasn’t until I changed my search to “60’s memories” before anything interesting showed up. Here is what I came up with for the bell-bottomed, tie-dyed, Beatles-loving Make Love Not War generation. It’s nice to know that not all of us tripped out at Woodstock, because we were too busy raising children or engaged with our first jobs, or were sending care packages to relatives and friends in the military.


A Sixties Jukebox ( A big thank you to my friend, Charlotte, who sent me this link. If you don’t want to pay for the set of c.d.’s advertised on television, this might be the next best thing. Listen to Donovan, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Beatles (of course), and dozens more of your favorite groups from decades past. If you have sufficient memory on your computer, you can leave the jukebox playing as you surf over to other Sixties websites.


60’s Museum ( Someone from McHenry, IL started this website, but I am not sure if the project is still alive or not. The objective was to have a bricks-and-mortar place somewhere in the Northwest burbs. Despite its lack of updating, this website shows care and quality. It is worth a look.


Sixties City ( This is a British version of the 60’s nostalgia phenomenon. It has less relevance to us stateside because many of the references, outside of the Beatles, are unfamiliar.


Woodstock Story ( There has been a lot of talk about Woodstock this year because 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the iconic event. This site is also promoting West Fest (October 25) in San Francisco. Once again, we midwesterners get pushed out of the loop. East coast, West coast, and then there is Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid. I guess that’s the midwest’s nod to the big, big concerts.


The Old Hippie’s Groovy Site ( This site proves that old Hippies never die, they just adjust to new social conditions and take up new causes that need to be addressed. This site is full of rants.


Hippydom ( This offers a fairly thorough look at Hippie culture, including a large section devoted to the Merry Pranksters—Ken Kesey’s band of tripsters.


Jeffs60s ( Jeff is an ordinary guy who happens to be a writer and graphic artist who has put together a visually interesting look at the day-to-day life of a sixties school child. His collection of memories are fun to read by those of us who lived those years. It answers a lot of those “remember when?” questions.

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~ by IndianaDunesPoet on October 27, 2009.

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