Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll ’67: The Bad End of the Summer of Love
By Labor Day 1967, a pair of horrifying drug dealer murders made the Haight too violent for even Charles Manson.
Paul McCartney visited the Haight in May 1967 to spin a copy of the still-unreleased Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band for the members of Jefferson Airplane. The Summer of Love hadn’t quite begun, and the mood was still optimistic. George Harrison and his wife Pattie swung through Haight Street and Hippie Hill on Aug. 7. Asked what he thought of the scene, the quiet Beatle said, “If it’s all like this, then it’s really too much.” And it was. The Summer of Love was giving way to fall, the dying season.
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