Ron de Weijze wrote:
. . . Hippies went for postmodernism, known for relativizing and nihilizing (Heidegger, Sartre, Foucault, Ricoeur, Irigary, Baudrillard, Levinas, Derrida, Lyotard, Kristeva). . . . Obviously you were not living in Amsterdam in the 60s. . . .
Oh, the continent version of them, then. That is, lacking some of the driving stimuli of various socio-political unrests in the Anglophone world, any voids were replaced by emphasis on "homegrown" philosophy. Hipster evolution came around full circle, I suppose. From the Wandervogel movement migrating across the pond, mingling with Lost Generation
after-effects and Kerouac beatitude, to Haight-Ashbury, to London influences to across the channel and making its de-evolved highlight in Europe by Ray Manzarek taking over singing duties in Amsterdam after Jim Morrison topples on stage from one of his dope/alcohol binges. Paraphrasing Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane
) from an interview: "No performer ever used EVERY
pill and substance handed to them by crowding fans prior to a concert. Except Jim
No, "de-evolved" was an unjust choice above, suggesting an undeserved fallout upon the rest of the Doors. Manzarek did a great, unexpected, on-the-spot imitation of Morrison while still doing double-duty with the keyboards; professional, minus a sign of desperation.
Manzarek is one Hippie I like. Coming to think of it, when they maintained their faculties, I always like them. When they
, I don't. It is okay to experiment, but not beyond the point of no return on the road to despair.