Now that Hippies have been covered, how about the forerunners to them, Beatnicks, the Beat Generation. I was in High School, went to a coffee house called "The Coffee and Confusion" on K street in D.C., they used to spout this ridiculous poetry, looked like extra scruffy hippies, snapped their fingers when the dork doing his poetry, finished, drank coffee, and yes were quite confused. My gang used to go there since it was like another world, the people watching was unsurpassed. There was a really tall black transvestite there called "the Princess", a sideshow unto herself.
Any Beatnicks out there ?