SF State experts say ‘Summer of Love’ legacy still widely felt
By San Francisco State University

SF State

According to some, the Summer of Love was over before it began, but its imprint is indelible

Part 1 of six stories about the lasting legacy of the Summer of Love


It was 50 years ago that the phrase “Summer of Love” was used in a San Francisco Chronicle article to refer to the happenings in the Haight-Ashbury District that eventually drew nearly 100,000 young people eager to “turn on, tune in, drop out.”

A citywide celebration commemorating the anniversary is underway with a number of talks, tours, art exhibits and a possible summer concert. As the city’s university, SF State has a number of connections to the movement, including “Whatever It Is,” the last legal “acid test” (held on campus in 1966), and a number of notable alums. Today, University experts say the movement’s legacy has deeply influenced music, journalism, activism and sexuality.

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