April 16, 2017
My impressions from, The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll

I recently visited the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park to see a new show that has just opened.

2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, when nearly 100,000 young people travelled to San Francisco and changed the world.

This show celebrates the anniversary of the adventurous and colorful counterculture that blossomed in the years surrounding the legendary San Francisco summer of 1967.

Here are a few of my photos from the show.

Morning sunlight in the round room at home

Upcoming events for the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

The morning sunlight in the round room

Be sure to wear flowers in your hair in San Francisco as the city celebrates the 50th anniversary of Summer of Love. The counterculture movement changed rock ‘n’ roll, Haight-Ashbury and more. But despite its name, the phenomenon was not contained to just one season in 1967. Discover – or rediscover – this radical era in Bay Area and American history with The Chronicle.

The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll

April 8, 2017 – August 20, 2017

The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll is an exhilarating exhibition of iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, ephemera, and avant-garde films. This is a 50th anniversary celebration of the adventurous and colorful counterculture that blossomed in the years surrounding the legendary San Francisco summer of 1967. The exhibition presents more than 300  significant cultural artifacts of the time, including almost 150 objects from the Fine Arts Museums’ extensive permanent holdings, supplemented by key, iconic loans.

In the mid-1960s, artists, activists, writers, and musicians converged on Haight-Ashbury with hopes of creating a new social paradigm. By 1967, the neighborhood would attract as many as 100,000 young people from all over the nation. The neighborhood became ground zero for their activities, and nearby Golden Gate Park their playground.

The period is marked by groundbreaking developments in art, fashion, music, and politics. Local bands such as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead were the progenitors of what would become known as the “San Francisco Sound,” music that found its visual counterpart in creative industries that sprang up throughout the region. Rock-poster artists such as Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley, Victor Moscoso, Stanley Mouse, and Wes Wilson generated an exciting array of distinctive works featuring distorted hand-lettering and vibrating colors, while wildly creative light shows, such as those by Bill Ham and Ben Van Meter, served as expressions of the new psychedelic impulse.


Distinctive codes of dress also set members of the Bay Area counterculture apart from mainstream America. Local designers began to create fantastic looks using a range of techniques and materials, including leatherwork, hand-painting, knitting and crotchet, embroidery, repurposed denim, and tie-dye. These innovators included Birgitta Bjerke, aka 100% Birgitta; Mickey McGowan, aka the Apple Cobbler; Burray Olson; and Jeanne Rose.

It began with a simple four-letter word
In the 1960s this word became synonymous with a generation and city called San Francisco. It was a concept, a belief deep in the hearts of all who were there (and those who wished they were).


The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll commemorates an “only in San Francisco” social and aesthetic movement, and will remind museum visitors that in a time of international upheaval, the city played a vital role in changing society and amplifying the pulse of the nation.

2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, when nearly 100,000 young people travelled to San Francisco and changed the world.




Snore, 1960

by Bruce Conner

Humbead's Map of the World

by Earl Crabb and Rick Schubb

On this day 50 years ago, the words “Summer of Love” first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle carrying the term into the “mainstream media” in San Francisco and around the country (“Good Hippies’ Summer Plans” was the headline for the article on page 3 of the paper).

April 6, 2017
California Historical Society



Rainbow Jumpsuit for Wavy Gravy (early 1970's)


FURTHER, the Merry Pranksters' Bus, 1966 Photo by Ted Streshinsky

It began with Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters and their bus “Furthur”, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the Beat Generation. They gathered in places like North Beach, Haight Ashbury, and in cities like Palo Alto, Berkeley, Seattle, Portland, New York and L.A. These pockets of counter-cultural, anti-establishment individuals questioned authority and their surroundings while searching for the real meaning of life and deeper truths. These small communities of like-minded individuals and their “families” of communal creativity focused on poetry, art, folk music, jazz, and rock ’n roll, demanding to be free of societal restrictions, restraints and hang-ups.


"Can You Pass the Acid Test" 1965

by Paul Foster

Trips? 1966

"Can You Pass the Acid Test" 1966

by Wes Wilson

Mandala, cover of Trips Festival program, 1966

by Bruce Conner




Soundboard mixer Ken Babbs and crowd in background, Longshoremen's Hall, January 21, 1966

photo by Gene Anthony

The Trips Festival staged in January 1966 at the Longshoresmen's Hall on Beach Street near Fisherman's Wharf--a cavernous space that could accommodate more than three thousand people---ran for three consecutive days. Gene Anthony's photographs conjure the dynamism and intensity of the spectacle, with airborne experimental performers, a bulky sound-light console installed on a tower in the middle of the hall, and a dizzying mix of projections and liquid light and slide shows flashing over the crowd and covering every available surface.

Wide-angle view of center stage and crowd, Trips Festival at Longshoremen's Hall, January 21, 1966

photo by Gene Anthony

Man with arms spread open being lifted up, Trips Festival at Longshoremen's Hall, January 21, 1966

photo by Gene Anthony

San Francisco sung by Scott McKenzie



WE WERE EVERYWHERE! The pureness of thought exploded exponentially and there were now millions of us. This event, this historical moment, which included most of 1967, became known as:

There are moments in time when a word or thought has such power it changes history; a generation so involved in the moment it becomes unstoppable; a spiritual awakening so profound that its very conception shatters perceptions, halts the world and makes people from all nations take notice.




The message was clear – the world was uniting behind one principle and one thought 
and its affirmation of 
The word was brought forth by musicians such as Peter Paul & Mary, Donovan, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane and then carried on by many English musicians like Eric Clapton, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones.

During this period the Peace Movement was born, with the “Human Be-In” in San Francisco and then the “Love-Ins” in New York. Anti-war demonstrations everywhere and college campuses erupted with thousands of people protesting the draft. The American Indians took Alcatraz, the Black Panthers took Sacramento and the Brown movement demanded social change. Even the Olympic athletes stood up with fist raised to show solidarity with the winds of change. This startled our government, a president was impeached and a war was stopped. An entire generation stood up and shouted: HELL NO, WE WON’T GO!

During this period change was occurring on multiple levels, giving birth to a variety of social movements:

  • The Free Speech Movement

  • The Free Love Movement

  • The Women’s Movement

  • The Gay Rights Movement

  • The Sexual Revolution

  • The Spiritual Movement

  • The Farm Workers Movement

  • The Environmental Movement

  • The Ecology Movement

  • The Animal Rights Movement

  • The Student Movements

  • The Civil Rights Movement

  • The Anti-War Movement.




In the midst of this freethinking environment a renaissance of gifted geniuses emerged with the likes of 
John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison 
New concepts and inventions touched every segment of society: the transistor silicon wafer, the calculator, the personal computer and the internet. The international community was in awe of this explosion of creativity. All this started with a simple word, a simple thought: 
And, a generation of freethinking people who were willing to stand up and be counted while proudly proclaiming their willingness to be different.

This period of change is commemorated by celebrating the SUMMER OF LOVE

San Francisco sung by Scott McKenzie at the Monterary Pop Festival in 1967

"San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" is a song, written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and sung by Scott McKenzie. It was written and released in June 1967 to promote the Monterey Pop Festival. McKenzie's song became an instant hit. The lyrics tell the listeners, "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair". Due to the difference between the lyrics and the actual title, the title is often quoted as "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)". "San Francisco" reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and was number one in the United Kingdom and most of Europe. The single is purported to have sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The song is credited with bringing thousands of young people to San Francisco, California during the late 1960s. In Central Europe, young people adopted "San Francisco" as an anthem for freedom, and it was widely played during Czechoslovakia's 1968 Prague Spring uprising against Soviet rule.





























California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas













People of like mind came together and began living communally, as this was the best way to focus on what was important, creating an Alternate Reality. A reality based on that particular long view, the landscape of Cosmic Consciousness perceived ever so clearly, through mind-expansion psychic energizers – organic, of course.

February 7, 2017
By Fayette Hauser





































Grace Slick and Janis Joplin

The Grateful Dead

















In the summer of 1967, the perfect storm of the Sixties revolution was beginning to rumble. The escalation of the Vietnam War and the resistance to the draft, combined with the black power movement and the psychedelic-fueled counterculture, would soon cause a nation-wide spontaneous combustion.

April 15, 2017
By Clara Bingham














This period of change is commemorated by celebrating the SUMMER OF LOVE

It Stands For:

  • Truth and individual freedom.  Freedom of expression.

  • Freedom to make a choice – sexually, spiritually and socially.

  • Our right to be different.

  • Our right to refuse to fight without judging those who did.

  • Creativity, love and respect for all things.  Our right to make a difference.

  • Our right to think independently.  Our willingness to share with others.


Ron Henggeler in Colorado 1969 or 1970

Ron Henggeler in Colorado 1969 or 1970

Ron Henggeler in Colorado 1969 or 1970

Ron Henggeler in Colorado 1969 or 1970

Ron Henggeler in Colorado 1969 or 1970

Ron Henggeler in Arkansas 1971

My tipi in Arkansas 1971


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