THIS ARTICLE IS BEING POSTED TO ANNOUNCE THE UP COMING 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE IN JUNE 2017. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE EPOCH TIMES 10 YEARS AGIO. I WOULD EXPECT THE SAME THING FROM THE 50TH, MAYBE MORE. READ ON AND YOU WILL SEE WHY THIS IS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE. PRODUCED BY BOOTS HOUGHSTON, THIS WILL SURLY BE A DAY TO REMEMBER, WATCH FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DATE. http://www.2b1records.com.
40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love
Remembering the 60’s
By DEBRA AMUNDSON
Special to The Epoch Times
On September 2 San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park will come alive with the sounds of the 60’s celebrating the 40th anniversary of the “Summer of Love.”
The free concert, that boasts two stages, will keep the crowd rocking from 10 am to 6 pm with some of the original musicians that created the San Francisco Sound. In recognition of the anniversary gathering for this free-spirited era, a wide variety of celebrants from all over the country are expected to attend.
While the 40th may see thicker waistlines requiring a slightly different style of dress and frequent flyer miles are more likely to be used than an apt thumb for hitching a ride, one thing will remain unchanged—a theme with an abundance of love. San Francisco was the backdrop, and 1967 the pivotal year, in the 60’s revolution.
On an unusually beautiful day, in January of that year, the Summer of Love was kicked off with an event dubbed the Human Be In—a “gathering of the tribes” showing their support for peace, which became an alternative to the anti-war demonstrations that were being held. (Contributors and attendees of the Human Be In were contacted for historical accuracy. Some accounts of the 60’s have been considered fictional in nature. This is fact.)
Anti-war sentiments were plentiful but the Be In organizers wanted to express their objections with a joyful event encouraging brotherly love and peace.
A number of the poets from the Beat Generation (a movement beginning in 1955 that rejected conventional behavior and dress) appeared to do readings including Michael McClure, Alan Ginsberg, and Leonor Candel.
Human Be In’s spiritual gathering for peace involved the popular music of the day. Thousands flocked to the Polo Fields, in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, to be part of the peaceful gathering and revel in the music of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quick Silver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe McDonald (in acoustic solo), and more. The first affair of its kind in San Francisco, it became an event that set the tone for many outdoor celebrations and musical events that were to follow.
The crowd was a diverse group of young people dubbed hippies and flower children that migrated to San Francisco, “with flowers in their hair,” for the promise of peace, love, truth, and freedom. The flower children provided an important part of the design woven into the fabric of that generation.
Concerts continued in Golden Gate Park and the panhandle, a narrow strip of grassy land extending from the park, to give the thousands of flower children an alternative to simply hanging out on Haight Street, the epicenter of all the excitement. The celebrations and concerts during that Summer of Love provided recognition for the birth of a new sound emanating from San Francisco.
The memorable tunes created by local musicians became known around the world as the San Francisco Sound. Along with the music came an innovative art form called Poster Art with vibrant colors and wild imagery.
Fashion followed the trend emulating the free form lifestyle. A mixture of grandmother’s attic and thrift stores, with touches of feathers and rhinestones, along with Native American styling and the ever-present blue jean created the fashion statement that ranged from ragged to opulent. The new 60’s look was termed “psychedelic.”
So enduring was the appeal of the 60’s style San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art immortalized much of the treasured memorabilia with a show put on in 2000. Jerry Garcia’s guitars, Janis Joplin’s Porsche and an array of stylishly adorned fashions and furnishings. The show toured the country and some of the collectibles later became part of the museum’s permanent collection.
The look was far out, the mood was mellow and the collective consciousness was love with spirituality at the forefront. The vibes lived on in the famed Haight Ashbury neighborhood, adjacent to Golden Gate Park, for years after. Thousands came from all over the country, and the world, to take part in the growing counterculture that rose from the flower petals scattered that summer.
Expect a mixed crowd of young adults and graying baby boomers sporting tie-dye shirts. This could be a family affair for many. After all, when will you get another opportunity to share history with your kids and rock out at the same time?
According to his website, San Francisco photographer Grant Jacobs’ “private collection consists of thousands of photographs of people of the sixties. Grant took pictures of just about every rock star of the 60’s including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison, just to name a few. Grant also has many photographs of unknown people of the 60’s. These photos were taken in the 1960’s over the span of many summers of love, the Hippie generation aka flower children.” Mr. Jacobs has graciously provided the photographs for this article.
For more details about the concert and art go to www.2b1records.com.
Debra Amundson lives and writes in California. Contact her at roseontheroads.com
AUTHORS NOTE: Big Brother and the Holding Company did not perform at the Humane Be-in. Janice Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company performed at the Love Pageant Rally, the predecessor of the Human Be-In.