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A love-in is a peaceful public gathering focused on meditation, love, music, sex and/or use of psychedelic drugs. The term was coined by Los Angeles radio comedian Peter Bergman, who also hosted the first one in March or April 1967 (sources disagree) in Elysian Park.[1][2] It has been interpreted in different ways by different organizations, but is often connected to protesting local, social or environmental issues.[3][4] Such protests were held in opposition to the Vietnam War.[5]

Love-ins are largely considered a staple of the 1960s counterculture hippie culture.


  1. ^ [1][permanent dead link] The impossible come-back of Radio Free Oz
  2. ^ [2] Peter Bergman biography
  3. ^ Book of Life Archived 2017-01-03 at the Wayback Machine reference to early love-ins
  4. ^ A Houston-area "Love In Archived 2011-03-12 at the Wayback Machine" -- a flash mob gathering to save Love Elementary School from being shut down, in March 2011.
  5. ^ "Newsreel". Retrieved 2010-09-01.