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Summer of Love

The real story behind the Summer of Love

Jun 17, 2019
Photo by CC Flickr user Jennifer Boyer, resized and recropped


Many of us assume the Summer of Love was the pinnacle of the hippie movement in the Bay Area and beyond. But the reality is a lot more complicated.

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The Summer of Love was San Francisco’s most celebrated party — but it came with a massive collective hangover. Free love had a hidden cost: sexually transmitted diseases. Gonorrhea spread through the nation in the late 1960s and '70s. Now it’s back, 50 years later.

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In 1967, during a public health meeting at UCSF, Dr. David Smith declared that health care is a right, not a privilege. Shortly thereafter, he opened the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic.

Chris Hambrick

At the Conservatory of Classical Ballet in San Leandro, nearly 20 young people line-up in rows, paying rapt attention to their teacher, Carlos Carvajal.

It’s throw back Thursday, when we go back to the Summer of Love, in 1967...

City Visions: Why the Summer of Love Matters

Apr 3, 2017

  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?

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One of the men who helped make Janis Joplin a household name died Thursday. Sam Andrew was a founder and guitarist for Big Brother and the Holding Company. The San Francisco band gained fame in the mid-1960s as part of the city’s psychedelic rock scene.