1960s Counterculture Movement

A counterculture refers to the rejection of conventional social norms. The 1960s counterculture began with the assassination of J.F. Kennedy in 1963 and arose in the US and UK, quickly spreading throughout the western world. It was anti-establishment and social tensions mounted concerning issues such as the Vietnam War but also regarding women’s rights, sexuality and authority. Experimentation in psychedelic drugs such as LSD, Bohemianism, alternative lifestyles and music festivals including Woodstock are all hallmarks of the 1960s counterculture. The counterculture was quickly assimilated into all spheres of society and the hippy slogan ‘make love not war’ captured the prevailing attitudes towards sexual freedom of the time.