Soviet Hippies Rock Culver City
The Wende Museum's "Socialist Flower Power: Soviet Hippies Culture" explores an unintended consequence of Soviet state media. Haight-Asbury's hippies, seen as enemies of the Western establishment, were treated favorably by USSR news sources. Soon there were long-haired, jeans-wearing, Beatles-adoring Soviet youth, openly criticizing the Soviet establishment.
The KGB studied the emergent movement, ultimately concluding that hippies were useless idiots. Soviet police harassed and arrested hippies, sometimes giving them haircuts.
For Soviet free spirits, the road trip was more important than the Woodstock. The Wende's garden is now marked with signs to Soviet hippie summer camps and safe spaces.