originated as a synonym for hippie
, especially the idealistic young people who gathered in San Francisco
and environs during the 1967 Summer of Love
. It was the custom of "flower children" to wear and distribute flowers
or floral-themed decorations to symbolize altruistic ideals of universal brotherhood, peace
. The mass media picked up on the term and used it to refer in a broad sense to any hippie. Flower children were also associated with the flower power
political movement, which originated in ideas written by Allen Ginsberg
's rendition of the song
" was released in May 1967. The song was written by John Phillips
to promote the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival
, and it urged visitors to San Francisco
to "wear some flowers in your hair", in keeping with the festival's billing as "three days of music, love, and flowers":
<blockquote>If you're going to San Francisco,
<br/>be sure to wear some flowers in your hair...
<br/>If you come to San Francisco,
<br/>Summertime will be a love-in there.
"San Francisco" became an instant hit (#4 in the United States, #1 in the U.K.) and quickly transcended its original purpose.
Summer of Love
After the January 14 Human Be-In
organized by artist Michael Bowen
(among other things, announcements told participants to bring... Read More