I will confess to liking me my hippies, but the futuristic ones are even better - I promise.
The first man to raise a fist is the man who's run out of ideas. H.G. WELLS
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool. FEYNMAN If this is monkey pee, you're on your own.SCULLY
1960 isn't really a part of the 60s as we remember it, it was pretty square and 50s-esque. The "real" 60s culture didn't start until like '64, just sayin'.
Actually the mod subculture (which I love more about the 60's than hippies) began in England in the late 50's. I love love love all things mod. I feel that in the United States Andy Warhol and the Factory and Edie Sedgwick also seemed to fit a bit more with the mod subculture than with hippies. I don't necessarily consider the hippies the "real" 60's culture, myself, just ONE of the elements of the 60's. Everything wasn't square in the 50's, either. The beatniks are also from the 50's.
Maybe I'm the only person that does kind of like that "square-ish" 50's, early 60's vibe...it's part of the reason why I like David Lynch films and shows like Mad Men.
"Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul." - Edward Abbey
The hippies were the major American offshoot of the 60s "feeling", I think. "The 60s", as a concept, was largely British in nature but was obviously incorporated and changed when it reached America. The pertinence of the Vietnam War obviously gave a very US-gloss to proceedings Stateside. I think that's why there may be a tendency to consider the early 60s as a bit of a write-off in America; Americans probably identity more with the end and with Woodstock, etc.
That girls are raped, that two boys knife a third,
Were axioms to him, who'd never heard
Of any world where promises were kept,
Or one could weep because another wept.