Photo Book: Bliss: Transformation Festivals and the Neo Hippie

By Steve Schapiro

Steve Schapiro’s “Mystic Garden, Oregon.”Steve Shapiro

Steve Schapiro was there, man—chronicling the sunbaked hippie crowd in Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s—so he knows a blissed-out scene when he sees one. Here he reveals the hippie culture that’s still with us, namely at transformation festivals throughout the U.S., which might be described as Grateful Dead events without the band. With the tie-dyed dancers, mud-sloshing skinny-dippers, meditators, and bongo bangers, you’d swear the Summer of Love never ended. “These are the good old days,” Wavy Gravy writes in the Afterword. “The beat goes on.”

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