Grateful Dead:

Human Beings, Being Together

January 14, 2017  •  Nicole Meldahl and Arnold Woods

Fifty years ago today, thousands gathered at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park for the Human Be-In–a happening that launched California counterculture on its path towards the Summer of Love. Organized by San Francisco Oracle co-founders Allen Cohen and Michael Bowen, the event was intended to gather diverse “tribes” from within the San Francisco Bay Area’s counterculture community, but it also caught the attention of curious (straight) locals, who brought their kids to see the fuss, and far-flung travelers. Learn More →

The Girl Who Danced Onstage at the Human Be-In

January 14, 2017  •  Rosie McGee

At least every few months for some years, someone contacts me to say they ‘saw me on TV!’, or they post on social media a film clip from 1967’s Human Be-In in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. That ubiquitous film clip, used in nearly every documentary about the Sixties and the Haight, shows me dancing onstage with the Grateful Dead, dressed in a see-through paisley mini-dress, sparkling necklaces and knee high ‘go-go boots’; having one of the best times of my life. Learn More →

The Media and the Summer of Love

January 13, 2017  •  Peter Richardson

The Summer of Love had at least two dry runs. In 1965, dozens of young revelers gathered in Virginia City, Nevada, to spend the summer tripping on LSD, designing psychedelic posters, and playing music in frontier drag at the Red Dog Saloon. When they returned to San Francisco, these early hippies—the word appeared in print for the first time in September 1965—began hosting dances for up to 300 people. Learn More →