City of Love & Revolution: Vancouver in the Sixties

Professor Lawrence Aronsen from the University of Alberta has written a book called City of Love & Revolution: Vancouver in the Sixties.

According to the good professor, it’s a book about “the Baby Boomers coming of age, trying to find their identity. The hippie thing is a nice way to counter the mass consumption of the ’50s and ’60s.”

Aronsen asserts that the “American cultural flow across the border” acted as “the catalyst” for the hippie movement in Vancouver. A major difference between Canada and the United States, however, was the reaction by authorities. As Tom Hawthorn relates in the Globe and Mail article on Aronsen’s work, “In Chicago, police struck hippies with billy clubs. In Vancouver, city council struck a Special Committee on Hippies.”

The article also says that City of Love & Revolution: 

 …is a sober-minded account of a wild flowering in the city’s history – from the arrival of hippiedom and its embrace of peace and love; human be-ins and pot smoke-ins; the Gastown police riot and the appearance of the underground newspaper The Georgia Straight; a Jerry Rubin-led occupation of a campus faculty club and the Yippies’ cross-border invasion of Blaine, Wash.; the creation of a free university and the founding of Greenpeace; an anti-prison Be-Out and the formation of a squatters camp to stop a development at the entrance to Stanley Park; and, a general discombobulation of attitudes towards fashion and grooming and sex, the latter giving Vancouver a reputation as a Sodom of the North. Oh, and apparently the freaks and radicals were listening to groovy sounds, too.


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One Comment on “City of Love & Revolution: Vancouver in the Sixties”

  1. Jill Ruben Says:

    What a joy!

    Took me right back. What a ride.

    Thanks, Mr. Aronsen, for the trip down memory lane.


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