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Reader: Hippies at Phish and Dead shows were smelly hypocrites trying to fill their wallets

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When we shared Estately.com's list of the ten best states for hippies, we asked if Colorado's reputation as a hippie mecca was good or bad. Readers responded with some strong thoughts. Here's one example.

Marc Moomaw writes:I

remember going to Grateful Dead and Phish shows. These self-centered, smelly hypocrites were everywhere trying to fill their wallets by selling, scamming, or stealing from you. Then they would go back to there yuppie jobs or their trust fund apartments.

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tmwsiy1971
tmwsiy1971

Trust fund apartments eh?  Yeah...those pesky apartments...the nerve of those hypocrites earning money and paying rent.



Pockets
Pockets

Some bands fans smell worse than others. 


DaninDen
DaninDen

Groupie Sex: “they slept their way to the bottom… Each other”

 

Parker Otwell Roe
Parker Otwell Roe

We all live someplace my friend. I've lived in other places, I now live here. What happens to be your point, if you've been able to cobble one together, that is...?

Parker Otwell Roe
Parker Otwell Roe

So, you know me? What, a bit threatened it seems? Glad to see such a fine, upstanding young person as yourself clinging to such positivity and joy. How's all that working out for you? Hmmmmm....? I'd tell you to go fuck yourself back, but I don't think I want to wish such fun on an obvious fuckwit as yourself. Just gonna have to find someone else to take pity (and probably a great deal of it, too) on you to get your jollies off. Good luck with that. Child.

Jerome Beasley
Jerome Beasley

The Phishkidz murdered everrrrrything the Heads had built in the previous 30 years...

Willie Culkin
Willie Culkin

Brav-fucking-O Parker Otwell Roe! You win the Internet today!

Josh Truscott
Josh Truscott

He's an uneducated generalist who couldn't get through a full tour if his life depended on it! But that's coming from someone who used to make it 5,000 miles a Summer selling grilled cheeses... It's called capitalism brotha and some people use it to support a lifestyle that you could never imagine!!! PheEliN the pHlOw...

Willie Culkin
Willie Culkin

Nice attempt at "content" Westword. Seriously, are there are no bounds to how low you will stoop to drive traffic to your website? "Hey, I know! How 'bout we throw as much shit out there as we can for the trolly-trolls to pile-on and sink their teeth into?" Hippies smell? Horny metal bands? Colorado drivers suck? What's next? Hipsters are douchebags?

Aubrie Allen
Aubrie Allen

I used to work at a local music venue, and whenever we had a hippie show, they would come in, buy the most expensive craft beers, never ever leave a tip, and trash the venue even worse than the Juggalos did.

Nicolette Rae
Nicolette Rae

Why are all the pictures for different states all taken at Red Rocks?

Shawn Wilson
Shawn Wilson

Nebraska sucks as far as the landscape but the people here are awesome and that's why I stay I've been here since 2000

Jeffrey Hayes
Jeffrey Hayes

Yes, I am narrow minded and said. "Hippie" is a tired old buzzword that was relegated to the yuppies that dropped acid at woodstock and went on to become self-important art collectors. Their children take turns date raping teenage girls at 6 day long Sound Tribe blow outs. Deal with it.

Parker Otwell Roe
Parker Otwell Roe

Who the hell do you think the original hippies were??? Sons and daughters of the professionals of their time. So NO OTHER GENERATION GETS A CHANCE??? Sad...narrow-minded and sad...

Brett A Siegele
Brett A Siegele

I have a very modern, accurate, fair and balanced sense of smell my friend. Stench is stench. If you aren't smelling it, you are the problem. Hippie smell has not changed since the inception of hippieism. It's not that I don;t agree with the lifestyle or ideals of that culture, I do!! I love it. I would only change the bathing practices of said hippies. And I would ask jam bands to get to the fucking point and end the shitty song already!!!! Other than that I love everyone!!

Greg Rohs
Greg Rohs

Patrick O'Smitty if you are referring to the instance here you are r Very far off base. Locally hired buy many bands and venues.No mention of the myriad of beatings and killings of dead heads in the 80s and nineties. You sound..special.

Greg Rohs
Greg Rohs

Bill Graff most would say Nebraska is an unlivable red neck state. See to each his own

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

Some of those hippies are selling stuff to go to the next show. Who cares? The jam band scene has some of the kindest people I've ever met. How many people have been miracled a ticket at a skrillex show?

Jack Browne
Jack Browne

Bill! Whenever you make a comment like this, I can't help but think that you just haven't listened to much Grateful Dead. Their music covered such a broad range of styles. "Unlistenable" is a word that applies only if you refuse to listen. They've written at least a dozen songs that are going to be sung as long as people play guitars. If that's unlistenable, I guess you and humanity just have different tastes.

Bill Graff
Bill Graff

Whether they are hypocrites or not I could care less about. Fact is, the music is unlistenable unless you are on tons of drugs.

Deric Pinales
Deric Pinales

JoAnne, you should probably just like this page. ;)

roggy_wombat
roggy_wombat

Article could very well also be... "Businessmen on wall street and in the stock market were smelly hypocrites trying to fill their wallets"

how about "Writers at Denver Westword were smelly hypocrites trying to fill their bias agenda" no? maybe "African Americans at equality rallies were smelly hypocrites trying to gain presidency by 2008"?

solid journalism Mike. Tell us how you really feel?

roggy_wombat
roggy_wombat

sounds like you got custied and are still in shock over it.

Patrick O'Smitty
Patrick O'Smitty

phish hires violent thugs to beat up innocent hippies selling beaded junk for pennies at their shows because phish are a bunch of phony, money-grubbing assholes.

Nicholas Richter
Nicholas Richter

Hippies are to phish as westword is to journalism. Unwanted, can't be trusted, smell funny, often incorrect.

Jill Rosenberger
Jill Rosenberger

I fucking love Phish and Panic, I go to each show every year. I also work my ass off full time at school and work and help raise a 6 year old. I'm not a trustafarian and neither are the (at least) 20 other people I know who attend these shows, too. Stop generalizing and maybe life will be more enjoyable! WSMFP

Greg Rohs
Greg Rohs

Most of the people selling crap do so to little dickheads that are there as tourists and deserve buying the fake drugs they got.

Greg Rohs
Greg Rohs

Nathan Rutishauser. WSmfp. Go punch the sky, mumble frat boy douche bag rediculousness ,drink whiskey and do lines. While you wait to see if your band shows up or not if its just jimmy herring showing up and praying his band mates remember how to play their own songs and not train wreck.

Steve Paradise
Steve Paradise

Living in asheville NC and here...colo I will say Trustafarians everywhere

Greg Rohs
Greg Rohs

Sounds like an article written by someone that did not lime either band. Went to the show wanting to buy drugs or in his case have people give them to him. Should I go to a death metal show and be mad when strangers don't buy me beer? Sure there are some wealthy hippies. Should there not be? Many "hippie" businesses become profitable. Is that not allowed? Does being a hippie mean you have to give free shit to little assholes who think they deserve it? No it means they are aware of his stupid ass acting deserving so they he was sold a half eaten Hershey bar as a mushroom chocolate just to shut him up. .

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

Much rather be a hippy than to be one of you haters!

jaroc03
jaroc03

I think any time you get so much hate about something that is so benign, its usually due to lack of understanding. People fear what they do not understand. And it is easier to attack than to admit, hey I just do not get this. 

tmwsiy1971
tmwsiy1971

you clearly weren't there for the last five years of the "Heads".

Gaia
Gaia

Trustafarians who follow bands around on tour are scum. Put down the Molly, the LSD, the 2cb, the coke, and the DMT pipe for five seconds, stop frying your brain for long enough to realize you have contributed absolutely nothing to society or mankind as a whole.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Natural Pheromones = Hippie Aphrodisiac 

roggy_wombat
roggy_wombat

totally.. aside from one incident with Dave Anver, a bipolar dolt who should never have been hired by the agency Phish hired to work security, you seem pretty well informed about the workings of Phish lot.


oh and it was The Disco Biscuits who hire hells angels for their fest... so go hate a band worth hating.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Nominate for Comment of the Day!

therealtrickjames
therealtrickjames

Yeah Gaia you tell em'. You must be polishing that Nobel Prize even now...

windorabug
windorabug

@roggy_wombat  
Let's not forget the Rolling Stones, then.  Was it 69' that they hired bikers for their security and a bunch of people got stabbed.  

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