By Caille Millner : sfchronicle – excerpt
In our Summer of Discontent, what can we learn from the Summer of Love?
Since the Summer took place before I was born, I have no nostalgia, passions or bad memories about anything that happened in San Francisco in 1967.
I can tell that for some people it was a seminal event, judging by the extent of attention I’ve seen around the 50th anniversary. There have been at least 10 Bay Area museum exhibits celebrating some aspect of the Summer of Love this year. There have been endless free concerts, tours and tie-dyed public posters. There’s been even-more-extensive-than-usual glorification of the Grateful Dead.
I appreciate how all of this is an opportunity for a segment of Bay Area Baby Boomers to indulge in youthful memories of the good times. (Have fun, kids!)
But for those of us far too young to have been there, the Summer of Love has never felt as far away as it does in 2017.
On my way to the de Young Museum’s “Summer of Love Experience” exhibit, in Golden Gate Park, I traveled through the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. My misgivings began there.
San Francisco’s advanced state of economic inequality and neighborhood gentrification have led to strange street-level juxtapositions all over town. But the Haight is still a special place; these juxtapositions maintain a hard edge…
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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.
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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.
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