KENO'S HOME PAGE
Hippie or Hippy?
"And the sign says 'Long-haired freaky people need not apply' , so I put my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why. He said you look like a fine outstanding young man, I think you'll do, so I took off my hat, I said 'Imagine that, huh, me working for you'" - Les Emmerson from The Five Man Electrical Band song "Signs"
"I'm not going to change the way I look or
the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all
my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people" -
"If some shorthaired, prejudice, "you must play the game" type of boss, don't want to hire me to a job that I'm qualified for, simply because my hair is too long, then it's his loss, not mine" - Keno, 1974
As I said, I'm different. I was a full blown hippie as a teen and young adult, then for awhile I was just half a hippie. But now as I grow older I find I'm all hippie again. My hair is still real long. It has been long all of my adult life. I'll never cut it short like most men do or are into. I don't want that "clone male look" that most men have. You know the David Crosby song "Almost Cut My Hair', a bit of it is quoted above. Well, I still identify with that song today. Glad David and others still do, too.
This page is very simple, it deals with the
question: What is the difference between a hippie and a hippy? There is a difference in the two types of people, since
Im a hippie and was once a hippy, let me give my own viewpoint on this
***A good song lyric to describe a Yippie: But when you talk about destruction, don't you know that you can count me out in!
* from The Youngbloods "Get Together", by Jesse Colin Young
**from The Charlie Daniels Band "Long Haired Country Boy", by Charlie Daniels
*** from The Beatles "Revolution I", by John Lennon
Although one has to be a longhair to be
a hippy, today most longhairs are not even close to being hippys. Being a longhair might
have meant you were anti-establishment years ago, but it no longer applies. Today in the
Freaks: The term might not be used too much anymore, but yes, Hippies and Hippys and for that matter, Yippies too, are still considered freaks, but perhaps it applies more so to just hippys today.
Finially, a couple of answers to questions that were emailed in to me in regard to this page.....
Why don't you mention Neo-hippies on your webpage? -and - What is a Neo-hippie?
Great questions. Some say neo-hippies are modern day wanna be hippies who were born many years to late to be regular hippies or hippys. Really? Why can't the children of today who wish to be hippies/hippys, just be called "hippies" and "hippys"?
I know that "neo" is used to describe something new and different, but neo-hippies seem to be the same as us old hippies, so why attach "neo" to the word "hippie" if that's the case? IMO, the word isn't really needed. But I guess it doesn't really matter, either.
Who are people who call themselves Rainbows?
"Rainbows" are hippys. I noted above that the word "freak" isn't used to much anymore today. It seems to have been replaced by "rainbows". Where did this new word come from? More than likely from the Rainbow Gatherings that take place. Yes, those gatherings are a hippy thing for sure. But the word "freak" was used to describe both hippys and hippies, so who knows for sure if it was meant to replace the word "freak" or not. Again, it doesn't matter, it's a cool enough word I guess, so use it of you prefer, but I will always be happy to be just known as a old hippie, that's good enough for me!