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Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers - Gilbert Sheldon's popular comic about the adventures of three stoned out hippies.

Fad: A popular craze, a temporary fashion. 

Far Out!: Something wonderful. An expression of glee or approval. Also a way of saying thanks.

Feds and Heads: A classic dope dealing game.

Ferlinghetti, Lawrence: Poet, publisher and owner of the City Lights Bookstore in North Beach, San Francisco.  Part of the beat scene in San Francisco, Ferlinghetti published Allen Ginsberg's controversial poem "Howl" in 1957, which landed him in jail, but lead to a landmark decision upholding free speech.

Fillmore posters - The Fillmore East and West were concert venues in the 60's that had introuduced some of the biggest rock acts to American audiences including The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, etc.  The posters for those concerts are now collectors items and some are very valuable since the art work was very psychedelic.

Finger Hash: Potent Black Nepalese hashish formed into finger shapes or charas.

Flaky: Someone unreliable, untrustworthy.

Flashback: A spontaneous psychedelic experience that reminds one of a previous trip, but without any drugs.  "Every time I climb that mountain I get flashbacks from my acid trip there back in 1969."

Flip Out: To lose it.  To go crazy.  "Mike flipped out after his chick Sunshine left."

Floating: High on drugs.

Fly: To be high.  "Two tokes of that stuff and you're flying!"

Flower Children: The hippies were called Flower Children because they wore flowers in their hair, on their clothes and painted flowers on everything.

Flower Power: Term coined in 1965 by Allen ginsberg at an anti-war rally in Berkeley.  It was Ginsberg's way of encouraging a non-violent response to violence protesters encountered.  Since hippies were fond of wearing and sharing flowers, Flower Power was the hippie equivalent of the Black Power movement.  An extension of the Peace and Love theme, Flower Power assumed that the power of Love would win out over violence and hate.

Flowers: Cannabis buds.

Fonda, Jane: Actress daughter of Henry Fonda, Jane made a name for herself as a political activist when she married Tom Hayden, one of the Chicago Seven.  Jane was also outspoken and made a controversial trip to Hanoi, North Vietnam during the war. 

Four-Twenty, 4:20: Originally referred to the California penal code for marijuana use.  Adopted by heads as the time to light up!  It's currently very popular for the name of websites, and it appears regularly in marijuana magazines.

Freak: To Freak or to Freak OUT.  Freak could be used as a term for  being 'into' something, as in interested in something..like..'Freaking over cars'. To Freak- usually meant to get upset or be afraid of something... Freak OUT- meant to go wild over something--or have a really wild experience..as in "they all freaked out when he showed up in body paint alone."

Freak Flag: Long Hair

Freaks:  Calling someone a 'freak'---Freaks were people who were cool because it was who they were.  Hippies often were hippies because it was the 'in thing to do'. Freaks did things not because they were hip, but because it was who they were as a person.

Freedom Fighter: Current Hippie term (late 80's-90's) for a person involved in the political movement to legalize grass.

Free Love: The idealistic concept embraced by the hippies that Love needn't be bound by convention.  People are free to love whomever they please, whenever they please, wherever they please, without attachment or commitment.  This was practiced by many hippies and helped spawn the Women's and Gay Liberation Movements.

Free Speech Movement: Arose in 1964, on the Berkeley campus of the University of California as a result of the administration prohibiting student political activities on campus.  Students held rallies on the steps of the Administration building (Sproul Hall) and sit-ins inside demanding freedom of speech.  Many students were beaten, arrested, and some are suspended including Mario Savio, the founder of the movement and one of the more outspoken student protesters.  Eventually the Berkeley faculty members came up with a proposal to restore free speech and the University Chancellor was replaced.

Fritz the Cat: Cartoonist R. Crumb's fabled feline became famous for appearing in two feature films. 

Fry: To be too high, usually on psychedelic drugs.  "I did 300 mikes, I'm frying!"

Fried: Burned out from doing too much dope

Funky: This word was given a new meaning by the hippies. It described clothing that wasn't supposed to go together, but somehow managed to look good. The meaning of the word became more vague, but still meant something with an unusual campy style, like clothes, music, or attitude. Get Funky!

Fuzz:  Another name for the police, pigs, fuzz, cops, and 'the man' were the common terms.

Gandhi, Mahatma: Once a lawyer in South Africa, Gandhi came to India and fought British oppression through the pioneering use of non-violent protest.  His methods were adopted in the 60s by the civil rights and antiwar movements.  The confrontative, yet unaggressive techniques are now the standard for peaceful protest.

Gaskin, Stephen: Stephen gained famed for his Monday night classes at San Francisco State where he talked about hippy values.  When he took to the road his students followed and soon there was a caravan of wandering gypsies, 400 people in 60 vehicles.  He eventually settled down with them and started The Farm, a long-lived Tennessee commune which pioneered organic and alternative methods of agriculture, education and social interaction. 

Gay Liberation Movement: An outgrowth of the Sexual Liberation movement that started when NYC police raided a Greenwich Village gay bar in 1968.  In the resulting riot 2000 demonstrators battled 400 police with many injuries.

Generation Gap: Term highlighting the differences in perspective between hippies and their parents.

Get High: To turn on.  To do a drug.  To alter your consciousness in a pleasant way.  "I got high just listening to Joni sing!"

Get into it!:  Dig it!  Go for it!  Do it with your whole being.

Get it together!: Also: Get your shit together.  Shape up!

Get Laid: Have sex.

Get Real!: Stop dreaming!  "Get real man, nobody's gonna get high smokin' banana peels!"

Getting Off: When a drug takes effect and you start to get high.  Also means to enjoy something.  "I get off on Jerry's licks."

Gig: A concert or a job.  Something to do.

Gimme Shelter: Documentary movie about the ill fated Altamont concert.  Also a Rolling Stones song about the event.

Ginsberg, Allen: Controversial Beat poet from the 50's who wrote about following your instincts and free love.  "Howl" 1956, is one of Ginsberg's most famous poems.  Along with his friends Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, he helped define and document the activities of the Beat Generation.  Ginsberg was active in the anti-war movement appearing at rallies and also the Human Be-In.  Ginsberg is credited with coining the term "Flower Power".

Give Peace a Chance: Saying on banners and John Lennon song sung by protesters.

Go Down: Something happening.  "What went down at the protest yesterday?"  Also a blow job (oral sex).  "She went down on me and I let loose!"

Going through Changes: To have a transforming experience.  A negative experience.  "My parents are putting me through changes"

Go For It!: Do it!

Gone:  Really out of it.  Not aware.  Asleep.

Go Straight: To stop using drugs. To get your "act" together.

Go with the Flow: Taoist philosophy of living in the moment, without struggle, letting things happen as they may.

Graham, Bill: Rock impresario whose Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, and Fillmore East in New York highlighted the best rock acts of the sixties including the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, the Jefferson Airplane and more.

Granny Glasses: Small wire framed glasses with round or square colored lenses. Made popular by rock musicians including John Lennon and Jerry Garcia.

Grass: Marijuana

Grateful Dead: The ultimate hippie band, from San Francisco. For thirty years Jerry Garcia and his faithful band brought hallucinatory music to their legions of fans.  Some of those fans followed them on the road year after year.

Great Society:  LBJ's far-reaching economic and social plan begun in the boom years of the early 1960's. It achieved some worthwhile goals including Medicare and other workers benefits.  It got sidetracked by the financial burden of the Vietnam War.

Green: Someone active in the Ecology Movement. A product that respects ecology, using biodegradable substances for example.

Greenwich Village: Also referred to as "The Village". Home to the Beats in the late 50s, early 60s when the coffeehouse scene was hot.  Artists, writers, poets, musicians all were attracted to the area. Later in the 60s, the hippies invaded and the scene moved to the less expensive East Village where institutions like the Fillmore East kept things lively.

Gregory, Dick: Black activist undertook several hunger strikes.

Grimshaw, Gary: Very promient graphic Artist well known for his posters and flyers of all rock bands that past thru Michigan in the late 60's-early 70's and played such meccas as the Grande Ballroom and/or Eastowne Theatre. His body of work reads like a who's who in the 60's music/counter-culture scene.

Grok: A deep understanding of a concept.  From Robert Heinlein's Strangers in a Strange Land.

Groove: A good habit or style.  "I'm getting into the groove of doing gigs every week."

Groovy!: Very pleasing, wonderful.

Guitar Army: Book/Manifesto written by John Sinclair outlining the Counter Revolution of the Woodstock Nation

Guru: A teacher, especially in India.

Guthrie, Arlo: Son of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie, Arlo made a name for himself with his record Alice's Restaurant. Arlo's folk rock style combines protest and storytelling.

Haight-Ashbury: The famous intersection in San Francisco near Golden Gate Park where the hippies came in the Summer of Love, and never left!  This area was the focus for much of the hippie movement's beginnings and inspiration.

Hair!: Hit Broadway rock musical famous as much for its nudity as for its music.  Famous tunes include Aquarius, Hair, Good Morning Starshine.

Hallucination: An altered state of awareness where one perceives a completely different objective reality.  More than just visual distortions, the person believes the hallucination to be real.

Hang Up:  A personality quirk resulting from something bothersome that makes your life miserable.  "She ignored me! She must be all hung up about something."

Happening: An event where people get together just to be together, usually involving music.

Happy Trails!: Have a nice TRIP!

Hare Krishnas: Religious group which grew during the 60s by recruiting many hippies.  Characterized by their chanting, colorful robes, shaven heads and pigtails they could be seen parading through city streets around the country.  They worship the Hindu God, Krishna and abstain from meat, hoping to achieve higher consciousness through devotion.

Hash Bash: The Nations First and longest running protest for the legalization of  Marijauna. (Takes place at the University of Michigan every April 1st).  Also a show/contest displaying various types of hashish and marijuana in Amsterdam.

Hashish: Compressed potent form of marijuana, produced in the Middle East, Himalayan region and Africa. Also known as hash. Process removes resin containing THC from the marijuana plant usually using screens, or hands.

Hassle: A bother, something that you'd rather not deal with.  "Don't hassle me about the rent, I'll get it later."

Hayden, Tom: Political activist, one of the Chicago Seven, ex-husband of Jane Fonda.  Now a congressman from California.

Havens, Richie: Richie Havens' unique style of rhythm guitar combined with his passionate vocals make for an unforgettable experience.  At Woodstock he sang Handsome Johnny and Freedom to open the event.

Head: Some one who does certain drugs like "pot head" or "acid head".

Headbands:  Headbands obviously keep your long hair out of your face.  They also mop up the sweat on warm days.  And since men don't usually wear berets or other feminine hair restraints, the headband does the job.

Head Shops: (Boutiques) Stores that catered to hippies or the young. Clothes, comics, beads, candles, jewelry and drug paraphernalia were obtainable at these shops.. they also made good hang outs.

Head Trip: To play games with someone's mind. A person or situation that messes with your mind.

Heavy Metal: Hard, loud rock music, characterized by a heavy beat and thunderous guitars. Term originated with Steppenwolf (heavy metal thunder) in the song "Born to Be Wild".

Hendrix, Jimi: The greatest guitar player ever.  Jimi could coax sounds from his axe that no one had ever heard before. His guitar mastery impressed every great musician since.  His on stage persona and charisma is unmatched. Jimi gave legendary performances at Monterey Pop, Woodstock, the Fillmore. He died at the peak of his career.  Jimi was a great soul who soared so high he was able to take us along for the ride of our lives..

Hell No We Won't Go!:  Popular chant at demonstrations against the war in Vietnam.

High: Stoned.  An altered state.  Pleasantly turned on.

Hip: Aware of what's going on.  Knowledgeable. "I'm hip to what's happening."  Something cool or groovy.  "Those are the hippest love beads I've ever seen!"

Hip Huggers: Jeans that rested low on the hips, exposing the navel, especially on a girl wearing a halter top.

Hippie: A person who's hip. Hippies did not refer to themselves as such.  The term became derogatory but is again fashionable.  The whole anti-materialist, anti-war, pro peace, pro mind expansion counterculture has been termed the Hippie Movement.  San Francisco writer Michael Fallon applied the term "hippie" to the SF counterculture in an article about the Blue Unicorn coffeehouse where LEMAR (Legalize Marijuana) & the Sexual Freedom League meet, & hippie houses. 

Hit: A dose of a drug, like a "hit of acid" or a "hit from the joint"

Hit and Run: To be at a demonstration or protest and be chased by police while stopping to take a toke, then running off to avoid arrest.

Hoffman, Abbie: Co-founder of the Yippies. Author of "Steal This Book". One of the Chicago 7.  Outspoken advocate of anarchy.

Hoffman, Albert: Sandoz scientist who inadvertently discovered the mind transporting properties of LSD.

Hog Farm: This activist, mobile commune once was located on a mountain top near L.A.in the 60s. Later, the Hog Farm went on the road living in a fleet of converted school buses and traveled the country protesting the Vietnam War. At Woodstock '69, the Hog Farm helped feed the assembled multitude, and assisted those having bad trips. After Woodstock, the Hog Farm personnel traveled through Europe to Nepal, and distributed medical supplies to Pakistani flood victims. The Hog Farm's most famous personage, Wavy Gravy, a Merry Prankster, was a founding member.

Holding: In possession of something, usually dope.  "I'm holding a special lid for you."

Howl:Allen Ginsberg's controversial book of poetry that was declared obscene and banned.  Ginsberg won the court case, a landmark for free speech.  Ginsberg pioneered a new style of writing and artfully expressed his innermost rage at society's shortcomings. Ginsberg's dramtic reading of this work at coffeehouses in the 50s and 60s enthralled those "angelheaded hipsters" and established his reputation in literary circles.

Huxley, Aldous: Author of the famous science fiction novel, Brave New World, and the ground breaking Doors of Perception, Huxley explored the inner realms of the mind.  His thirst for the insightful psychedelic experience led him to LSD, which he ingested as he lay on his deathbed.

Hype: To promote something excessively.

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