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J O H N   B U R R O U G H S   H I G H   S C H O O L, B U R B A N K, C A

  The beginning of the Summer of Love has popularly been attributed to the Human Be-In at Golden Gate Park on January 14, 1967. The size of that event awakened mass media to the hippie counterculture that was blossoming in the Haight-Ashbury.[1] The movement was fed by the counterculture's own media, particularly The San Francisco Oracle, whose pass-around readership topped a half-million at its peak that year.[2] The grassroots street theater/activism of The Diggers also garnered media attention.

Summer of Love 40th Anniversary at Speedway Meadows
Golden Gate Park - September 2nd


Poster Art on Acid

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Whitney Musem's "Summer of Love"

College and high school students began streaming into the Haight on their spring break of 1967. City government leaders, determined to stop the influx of young people once schools let out for summer, brought added attention to the scene. An ongoing series of articles in local papers alerted national media to the hippies' growing momentum. That spring, Haight community leaders responded by forming the Council of the Summer of Love, giving the word-of-mouth event an official-sounding name.[3]

During the Summer of Love, as many as 100,000 young people from around the world flocked to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district, Berkeley and other San Francisco Bay Area cities to join in a popularized version of the hippie experience.[2] Free food and free love were available in Golden Gate Park, a Free Clinic (whose work continues today) was established for medical treatment, and a Free Store gave away basic necessities to anyone who needed them.[1]

The Summer of Love attracted a wide range of people of various ages: teenagers and college students drawn by their peers and the allure of joining a cultural utopia, middle-class vacationers who came to gawk like tourists, and even partying military personnel from bases within an easy drive's distance. The large influx of newcomers began to cause problems. The neighborhood could not accommodate so many people descending on it so quickly, and the Haight-Ashbury scene deteriorated rapidly. Overcrowding, homelessness, hunger, drug problems, and crime afflicted the neighborhood. Many people simply left in the fall to resume their college studies.[1] But when the newly recruited Flower Children returned home, they brought new ideas, ideals, behaviors, and styles of fashion to most major cities in the U.S., Canada, Britain, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

On October 7, 1967, those remaining in the Haight staged a mock funeral, "The Death of the Hippie" ceremony, to signal the end of the played-out scene.[3]

Where we you during the "Summer of Love?"

I was in a beautiful little place called Phu Loi,Viet Nam,driving 10,000 gallons of JP-4 helicopter fuel down dirt roads. I will admit to finding some love though.  LOL                      Larry Linder




Yardbirds/Doors poster

Baron Wolman
The Grateful Dead at 710 Ashbury
Grateful Dead

Robert Altman

Lisa Law
Janis Joplin with Big Brother and The Holding Company
Janis Joplin

Gene Anthony

Photo of Sister of Perpetual Indulgence

Michelle Vignes
Alan Ginsberg at the Human Be-In 10/67
Alan Ginsberg