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60-year-old miner Ted Hughes meets the young generation who are camping out beside

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60-year-old miner Ted Hughes meets the young generation who are camping out beside

60-year-old miner Ted Hughes meets the young generation who are camping out beside the field which will hold the Bickershaw pop festival next week. The hippies are: Phillip Bridge, Richard Truman and Bob Downes (from left to right).
April 1972

mirrorpix
Hertfordshire
United Kingdom
WA*2832424

Media ID 21425425

© Mirrorpix

Core76 Hippies Youth Culture 1972


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In this print from April 1972, we witness a remarkable encounter between generations. Ted Hughes, a seasoned 60-year-old miner, stands amidst a group of young hippies who have set up camp near the soon-to-be Bickershaw pop festival grounds. The image beautifully captures the stark contrast between their worlds and offers a glimpse into the evolving youth culture of the 1970s. On the left side of the frame stands Phillip Bridge, exuding an air of curiosity and open-mindedness that epitomizes the spirit of his generation. Richard Truman occupies the center, emanating an aura of peaceful rebellion with his long hair and unconventional attire. Finally, Bob Downes completes this trio on the right side; his expression reflects both excitement for what lies ahead at Bickershaw and respect for Ted's presence. This photograph serves as a powerful reminder that despite their differences in age and background, these individuals share common ground - their love for music and desire to challenge societal norms. It encapsulates a pivotal moment in time when traditional values clashed with emerging counterculture movements. As we gaze upon this snapshot frozen in history, it prompts us to reflect on how each generation shapes society while simultaneously being shaped by it. This image is not just about one festival or one meeting but rather symbolizes an entire era defined by its vibrant youth culture seeking freedom, self-expression, and social change.

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