The inhabitants travelled a lot and read Hesse, Kerouac, Ghandi, but also Asian poetry – in the house-sharing community one was in search of oneself, in search of new ideals and ways of life. That didn’t work out so well in every facet. For instance, the community had developed primarily out of the friendship of the male band members – their wives and girlfriends connected less well than their menfolk. They declined the invitation to dance to their music, sing or play pipes together. They had quite enough to do with cleaning, washing and cooking: when it came to gender roles, this ‘oasis’ of freedom was not so different from the rural environment in which it stood.
It was more forward-looking in other areas. The inhabitants ate vegetarian, if possible macrobiotic, food. When, in 1973, the house-sharing community in Birmenstorf had to make way for a renovation, plans for self-sufficiency were played through. Later, some of the former residents ran one of the first health food stores in the region. Towards the end of the 1970s, ‘Lovecraft’ sang against nuclear power. In 1979, in the days of the nuclear safety initiative, the song ‘Mer hend gnueg Schtrom, mer bruched kei Atom’ [We have enough electricity, we don’t need the atom] even got a recommendation in the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper.