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The first episode looks at how ideas, music and lifestyles from Asia, Europe and the American left became entwined in California. It traces the roots of the hippies back to a 19th-century German sect of wandering naturalists called Lebensreform, who brought their freethinking ideas about nature to California after the Second World War. There, they merged with a growing interest in eastern mystical concepts of human nature imported to America by maverick British thinkers like Aleister Crowley and Aldous Huxley. Add to this mix a wonder drug called LSD, first developed by the CIA, and a wave of student activists and anti-war protesters agitating for revolution, and you have the astonishing story of how these forces came together to give birth to the Summer of Love in San Francisco, 1967.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Sat 28 Jul 2018 22:00


Role Contributor
DirectorMike Connolly
Series ProducerMike Connolly
Executive ProducerEmma Cahusac
Executive ProducerSimon Chu
Production CompanyErica Starling Productions