Sam Whiting : sfchronicle – excerpt
People signed the banner celebrating the Peace Sign at the 2009 Summer of Love Concert. photo by zrants
After twice rejecting an independent producer’s plan to hold a free concert in Golden Gate Park to honor the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will throw its own free concert on June 21.
Open Letter to the Mayor of San Francisco:
Mayor Ed Lee,
So far this concert has had more interference than Super Bowl and it is coming from City Hall. You wasted no time in supporting big sports events that close down major sections of the city for days at a time and cost the taxpayers and small businesses millions of dollars. Why not support a free concert that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love festival when the world needs Peace and Love now more than ever?
Where are all those liberated people who filled the streets with protest when Trump was elected who marched for women’s rights, LGBT rights, human rights and peace? Where are the protests and support for a free music event that celebrates the movement that started it all? Are we so jaded that we forgot all those who fought for our freedom and sanctuary status? Why are there no new protest songs on the top 40 list?
Does San Francisco only support events that involve millions of dollars and walls and fences in SF while protesting Trump’s wall with Mexico? Get with it Mayor Lee. Dig out your 60’s gear, peace signs and pipes and lead the parade for the Summer of Love, or at least kick it into high gear now.
Concerned Citizen of the world
Filmmaker Jerry Abrams, had the fortune of being at the 1967 Be In. Some of his footage from the event is being screened at the Whitney Museum in New York City this summer. That summer he produced the light show at the Monterrey Pop Festival.
Jerry came to Project Artaud with Cinema Workshop in the early 1970’s. He filmed the performance of famous Russian dissident poet, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, with Lawrence Ferlinghetti in Theater Artaud in 1972. He also shot an Artaud group film that featured some of the early residents. Some of Jerry’s films are distributed by Canyon Cinema, one of the first distributors of art films in America. Tom got a lot of his films from them.
Link to the Whitney screening schedule and a listing of highlights.
Continue reading “More Summer of Love at the Whitney”
Summer of Love celebrations are bringing back memories of unity and freedom, of music in the parks, sharing drugs with strangers, and a feeling of optimism and faith in humanity. In San Francisco we are getting ready for a big concert in Golden Gate Park. The details and links:
A free concert in Golden Gate Park celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love takes place Sunday at Speedway Meadow, featuring dozens of veterans of the era.
Continue reading “Summer of Love Celebrations”