McGuire wasn't a hippie, he was in the Music Business.
to make money. Was Sonny Bono ever a hippie? Nah, he just wanted to make milllions in the Music Business and provided content and production and bad vocals.
Barry McGuire started out as part of the "Folk" explosion as a member of The Rooftop Singers "Green, Green, (as green they say...)" a group manufactured by a record company to cash in on the "Folk" boom. Glen Campbell played 12 string on the same record. Is he a hippie? Somehow the only person who might possibly have qualified as a Hippie to play Las Vegas is George Carlin, and truthfully, he was too old to be a hippie.
And there is a difference between a musician and being in the Music Business, Ask Artie Shaw, or listen to him on the first Swing dvd of the Series Jazz.
But that is just a small quibble over an insubstantial figure.
Social media is for young people to think they have their own channel away from adult supervision. The magazine referred to was probably the creation of some young publishing exec to tap an advertising stream and advance his prospects with the old men running the company who are pandering to the demographic for profits. The reason things don't change over time "is that the old men have all the money, and a young man ain't got nuthin' in the world these days" because that's where the jobs are and emulation breeds promotion. The quotation incidentally is not from Messers Daltry, Townsend and Company, it is from the Mississippi-born American white jazz artist Mose Allison from the late 50's. I love Mose Allison. Saw him at Ronnie Scott's club in Soho, London, in 1998 and he was still as funny and sharp and musical as ever.
It is sort of the job of young people to be irritating, it is a process called individuation, and is necessary in ego formation. It usually occurs during the Terrible Two's, again around 4-5, and especially from about 9 to 18. Then they setlle down and become their parents all over again. It's all part of life's rich pageant.
Honestly, Steven, I'm not really in disagreement with your fundamental thought. I'm really trying to give it a larger context, and to encourage you to see that all is not going to hell in a handbasket, but is evolving as it should. Be hopeful, Steven. The world is just doing what it is supposed to do. Going round in circles. (No Billy Preston references please.)
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