1960s Counterculture Icons Then And Now

Written by Beatriz Sanchez
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People like to believe everyone on this planet is important and makes a difference in our society. And though that may be true in some ways, we can’t deny there’s people that have influenced our world a little bit more than others. People like:

  • James Fonda
  • Paul McCartney
  • Hugh Hefner
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The people in this list are key figures of the counterculture movement of the 1960s who have all made an impact on today’s world.

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Sadly, we’ve lost a lot of icons from that era but there are some that are still with us, making this decade a little bit better.

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Paul McCartney: He was one of the lead singers of The Beatles, helped create the soundtrack of a generation and expanded the possibilities and social impact of pop music. There’s very little this man hasn’t done.

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Hugh Hefner: Though famous for being the founder and chief creative of Playboy Enterprises, Hugh is and has been a political activist and philanthropist active in several causes and public issues. He is also a World War II veteran and helped define the age of free love.

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Gracie Slick: She is widely known in rock and roll history for her role in San Francisco’s burgeoning psychedelic music in the mid 1960s. She is one of the first female rock stars--which makes her a crucial figure in the development of rock music. She retired from the music business in the 1980s and dedicates her afternoons to paint.

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Leonard Cohen: He was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter. His work mostly explored religion, politics, isolation and personal relationships. He died on November 7, 2016.

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