Did Merl Saunders Shape the Grateful Dead’s Sound with Jazz?

November 17, 2023By Marjorie Rogers

As one of the greatest rock ’n’ roll bands of all time, Grateful Dead, who gained popularity in San Francisco during the 1960s and 1970s, quickly became synonymous with the hippie movement and demonstrated how the counterculture of the civil rights era drew inspiration from Black art, and challenged the segregationist norms of the era. … Read More

The Hippie History of Greenwich Village

October 14, 2015By LITTLE HIPPIE

For the last 42 years, thousands of costumed weirdos have paraded through the bohemian capital of Greenwich Village, New York City – and that’s just what happens on Halloween. We talk a lot about San Francisco and the West Coast being the origin place for American counterculture and the hippie lifestyle because, well, it is, … Read More

Proto-Hippies and the Introduction of the American Hippie

October 6, 2015By LITTLE HIPPIE

Here at Little Hippie we’ve been on a mission to dive into the origin story and evolution of the hippie – where did this culture come from, what does it mean and what are the values of that we’re passing onto our little hippies? Persians, Greeks and Germans were at it way before anyone thought … Read More

The Hippies vs The Artists in San Francisco’s New Bohemia

May 18, 2015By LITTLE HIPPIE

It wasn’t until day the third day of Michael Fallon’s 1965 article series for the San Francisco Examiner that hippies made front page news. The story was printed below the fold, but was front page news none the less. The headline, Bohemia’s New Haven, was putting it lightly, considering what was to come. The diaspora of hippies from … Read More

Where the Hippies of Haight Drank Coffee – is it Art or Business?

May 15, 2015By LITTLE HIPPIE

Our series of public library microfiche discoveries continues with Michael Fallon’s San Francisco Examiner series on the hippies of Haight Ashbury. The Blue Unicorn is the central caffeinated meeting space of the hippies of Haight Ashbury, but is it a business or an art form? Fallon investigates; this piece was published on September 6, 1965 … Read More

The First Time The Mainstream Media Wrote About Hippies

May 12, 2015By LITTLE HIPPIE

We got curious about Dennis McNally’s reference in A Long Strange Trip, to a 1965 series of San Francisco Examiner articles by Michael Fallon. The articles are referenced in almost every major book about the era, as the first use of the word hippie in print – derived from the beatnik’s hipster – to describe the shifting culture of the … Read More

Posters of Haight Ashbury are ‘Leaves in a Disbound Book’

May 4, 2015By LITTLE HIPPIE

“Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley always claimed that they photocopied that book, they didn’t, they cut it out with a pen knife. So this is not that copy,” Grateful Dead Archivist Nicholas G. Meriwether told us, looking over a medieval era art book (right) on view at UC Santa Cruz, “but that’s the way they got … Read More