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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