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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The 1967 Summer of Love HangOut Style

Fifty years ago England was the swinging Capital of Pop Music and trend setters were everywhere. Carnaby Street with its little shops was frequented by the beautiful people of the charts as well as the rock fans looking for bargain Afghan coats, colourful beads and Incense to burn to hide the scent of the weed they were smoking at the endless rounds of parties they went to.  1967 was the Summer of Love, the influence of the Flower Children, the hippies who cried Peace Not War, as they offered flowers to passers by. The Beatles released Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, they too were on a spiritual path to find out what life was really all about, meeting the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to study Transcendental Meditation when they attended one of his seminars in August 67.

There was a new type of liberty for young people, the birth pill became available for the first time in 1960 and free love took on a whole new concept.  Janis Short had a great party tonight to celebrate the Summer of Love at her very popular HangOut club.  She played lots of magical tunes from the era and people dressed in their best 60s outfits!  Janis played the Beatles All You Need Is Love and the words ring so true. "There's nothing you can do that can't be done, nothing you can sing that can't be sung, There's nothing you can know that isn't known. Nothing you can see that isn't shown."  In other words people are extraordinary beings, capable of achieving anything if they put their minds to it.  Love and Peace to you all!

Janey Bracken

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