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City Visions: Why the Summer of Love Matters

  Fifty years ago this summer, 100,000 young people flooded San Francisco in what was called "The Summer of Love."  Guest host Grace Won revisits this era with those charged with commemorating it.  From psychedelic rock posters, to fringed leather jackets, to the music of local bands like the Grateful Dead, we will cover the art, music, and politics of the counterculture.

Why was San Francisco the epicenter of this countercultural movement?  What is its legacy?

This program is produced in partnership with the California Historical Society as part of its efforts to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Visit http://SummerOf.love to learn about what more than 50 cultural organizations around the state are doing to remember the historic spring and summer of 1967.

Producer:  Wendy Holcombe


Jill D'Alessandro - Co-curator of the DeYoung Museum exhibit, "The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll."  Curator of Textile Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Eric Christensen - Graduate of UC Berkeley and resident of the Haight-Ashbury district during the 1960s.  After a career in music and media, he directed a documentary called "The Trips Festival."

Peter Richardson - Lecturer in the Humanities Department, College of Liberal and Creative Arts, San Francisco State University.  Author of No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead and creator of the blog Stray Thoughts on California Culture.