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The Summer of Love Turns 50!

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The Summer of Love’s foggy origins lay in the Bay area’s 1950s Beat culture, the merry pranksters’ 1964-66 acid tests, and politically disaffected Berkeley students. In January 1967, The Doors release their [b:1102548|eponymous album] in Los Angeles and the Human Be-In at Golden Gate Park promotes cultural decentralization, communal living, radical politics, and higher consciousness fueled by drug use. In February, Jefferson Airplane takes off with their breakout album, [b:1164253|Surrealistic Pillow], and by May the [a:mamas and the papas|Mamas and the Papas]’ John Phillips writes “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” whose Scott McKenzie cover will hit #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 by July 1. As if all this wasn’t enough, the Beatles release [b:1009144|Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band] on June 1 and two weeks later The Jimi Hendrix Experience performs at the [b:1203032|Monterey Pop Festival].

Meanwhile, in Michigan, the Detroit race riots at the end of July bring [|John Sinclair’s Trans-Love Energies commune] (and future White Panthers) to Ann Arbor, and in August they stage [|a free concert by the Grateful Dead] in Ann Arbor's West Park.

And this is how the summer of 1967 gave birth to the hippie!

Here are a few videos to help you make sense of all this hippie love:

[b:1206556|Beatles Anthology]
[b:1218696|Berkeley in the Sixties]
[b:1203032|Complete Monterey Pop Festival]
[b:1323595|The Jimi Hendrix Experience live at Monterey]