Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson:  "The Hippies: There had to be a whole new scene, they said, and the only way to do it was to make the big move — either figuratively or literally — from Berkeley to the Haight-Ashbury, from pragmatism to mysticism, from politics to dope... The thrust is no longer for "change" or "progress" or "revolution," but merely to escape, to live on the far perimeter of a world that might have been."

Joel Selvin

Joel Selvin, famous rock critic and author 'Smart Ass: The Music Journalism of Joel Selvin'.  "I wanted to isolate the things that I might have done particularly well," said Selvin. "Everybody in this line of work has taken a crack at writing a Rolling Stones live concert review.  Those things are pertinent to specific things about California. This whole state was my playground."

In 1967 Joel Selvin  moved to San Francisco and was hired as a copy boy at the San Francisco Chronicle. Selvin soon wangled a backstage pass for a show at The Fillmore[3] and submitted his first piece to the Chronicle's Sunday Datebook in 1969.  His career then took off.

Dr. David Smith

Dr. David Smith, Founder Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic.. " The Haight Ashbury Free Clinic was born in June of 1967 during the peak of the summer of love. Supported by Bill Graham and local musicians as well as large numbers of Medical volunteers from the local community the clinic operated 24 hours  about 250 patients per day including a very active talk down center for bad LSD trips.
Free came from the alternative Free city concept articulated by the Diggers and the founding slogan was " Heathcare is a right not a privilege." That slogan is now articulated by President Obama in his Health Care reform message called Obama care and there are now other 2000 Free Clinics serving the medical outsiders across the country.
The Free Clinic spirit which started during the Summer of Love is alive and well 50 years after the summer of love ."

Darby Slick

Darby Slick, author of Somebody to Love:   "Added together, the message that we sought, and received with intensity, was that life should be a sprawling unpredictable adventure leading either to a glorious early death, or to a wizardly serenity coupled with knowledge and power."

Summer of Love 50th Anniversary

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Join us in Golden Gate Park for the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love! San Francisco, 2017. A historic, free concert, celebrating the spirit of 60’s.
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