The sun set on the age of Aquarius.The following authors, singers, actors, directors and activists were all key figures in the counterculture movement of the 1960s. As a founding member of the Beatles, Paul McCartney not only helped create the soundtrack of a generation, he showed that pop music could have a social conscience. Dennis Hopper became a counterculture icon after he directed Easy Rider. Hunter S. Thompson, the father of gonzo journalism, wrote the iconic counterculture book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was turned into a movie starring Johnny Depp years later. Psychologist and psychedelics advocate Timothy Leary encouraged a generation to "tune in, turn on and drop out." As the female lead singer of Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick epitomized the psychedelic culture of the 1960s with songs like "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love." Many celebrities, such as Jane Fonda, were outspoken advocates of peace during the Vietnam era, which culminated in the three-day Woodstock Festival.
Many of these counterculture icons are no longer with us, but some are still fighting the good fight. Keep reading to find out what they looked like in their prime and decades later.
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