Love beads

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A typical style of love beads.

Love beads are one of the traditional accessories of hippies. They consist of one or more long strings of beads, frequently handmade, worn about the neck by both genders. The love bead trend probably evolved from the hippie fascination with non-Western cultures, such as those of India and Native America, which make common use of similar beads.[citation needed]

Quotes[edit]

"At moments of suburban relaxation, in our circle of semi-bohemian homes, we smoked pot, wore dashikis and love beads, and frugged ourselves into a lather ..."-- John Updike[1]

"Love beads, mood rings, and candle light. Zodiac says the time is right ...", Janet Jackson, "70s Love Groove"

Love beads in popular culture[edit]

In music[edit]

  • Chet Atkins released a single titled "Love Beads" in 1970.
  • The Lemon Pipers released a song called "Love Beads and Meditation" in 1968.

In products[edit]

In television[edit]

  • In the "Bendin' in the Wind" (2001) episode of the animated series Futurama, Fry, Leela, Amy and Dr. Zoidberg follow Beck's musical tour in a Volkswagen microbus and soon run out of money during their cross country road trip. After inadvertently discovering Dr. Zoidberg naturally produces multicolored pearls as a byproduct of being ill and coughing, the crew fund the rest of their travels by stringing the pearls together and selling them as love beads to highly demanding music festival goers.
  • In an episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show titled "Beads" (1983), Lucy makes love beads for Schroeder.
  • In the Mad Men season 6 episode "A Tale of Two Cities", Danny Siegel and other characters whom Don, Roger, and Harry encounter a the Los Angeles parties they attend are wearing love beads.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Updike, John, On not being a dove, Commentary (March 1989) 
  2. ^ Pier I Website
  3. ^ Frances Roberts (3 Jun 2013). "Mad Men season 6 episode 10 review: "A Tale Of Two Cities"". Den of Geek!. 

Definition[edit]

"Small beads on a necklace, especially ones worn by hippies as a symbol of love and peace." The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (4th ed.). Houghton Mifflin Company. 

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