“Don’t Bogart that joint, my friend…”

[Reposted by popular demand…] On June 24, 1968, ABC Records released the self-titled first album by The Fraternity of Man, a California-based rock band whose members included former Mothers of Invention guitarist Elliot Ingber and a young, 17-year-old singer and songwriter named Larry Wagner. The album wasn’t a big hit. But it was popular with … Read more

The Birth — and Death — of “the Hippies”

Credit for the origin of the term “hippies” is generally given to San Francisco journalist Michael Fallon. Fallon coined the term in an article published in the San Francisco Examiner on September 5, 1965. It was the first of a series of articles he wrote about the “new generation of beatniks” who hung out in … Read more

“How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?”

The phrase “beautiful people” had been used prior to the 1960s. For example, in Oscar Wilde’s play An Ideal Husband, a social comedy first performed in 1895, one of the characters says at a gathering of high society partygoers: “I like looking at geniuses, and listening to beautiful people.” And, in 1941, William Saroyan titled … Read more