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Museum of the African Diaspora
May 3, 2017
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the Museum of the African Diaspora presents a six-part film series exploring the influence of Black culture on the counter culture of the time. Conjure up sights and sounds from San Francisco’s legendary 1967 Summer of Love and invariably it will be of long-haired, pot-smoking young white people dancing to rock music in Golden Gate Park. They were “the hippies” who defined a youth culture and way of life that challenged and shocked the country’s established mores. However what is often unacknowledged is that Black musicians, writers and thinkers in California and beyond helped shape and enrich the cultural developments leading up to the Summer of Love as well as during and immediately afterwards.
JIMI HENDRIX: VOODOO CHILD (Bob Seaton, 2012, 91 minutes)
The most complete portrait of the stunning guitarist whose audacious style epitomizes the era. The film is full of rare and revealing interviews as well as classic performances released with the support of the Hendrix Estate. It also weaves in quotes by Hendrix spoken by Bootsy Collins (Parliament- Funkadelic). “The moment I feel that I don’t have anything to give musically, that’s when I won’t be found on this planet. I’m not sure I’ll live to be 28 years old… When I die, I’m gonna have a jam session and knowing me, I’ll probably get busted at my own funeral.” (Jimi Hendrix)
An introduction and post-screening discussion will be led by Theron Kabrich, co-founder and creative director of the San Francisco Art Exchange, a gallery recognized as a global pioneer in the exhibition of pop culture iconography.
This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org