“Keep Austin Weird”. That slogan, along with bumper stickers promoting it, started appearing around the city years ago to promote local businesses and as a challenge to rising gentrification. When did Austin start to get weird, though? One can probably trace a lot of the weirdness to the late ‘60s, when Texas hippie culture found a welcoming home in the capitol city. The artists and musicians associated with the youth movement filled up the burgh, migrating in from parts distant and near, transforming Austin into a liberal oasis in the otherwise staunchly conservative state.
For, even though San Francisco, New York and Boston all had thriving technicolor counterculture scenes happening at the same time, Austin’s scene was particularly unique due in large part to its Texas location. Austin music and arts became