Human Be-In:

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 →

My memory of the Human Be-In

January 14, 2017  •  Eric Christensen

The Human Be-In was a celebration of a new culture, a culture that would attract thousands of young people to the streets of San Francisco and user in the Summer of Love. Allen Cohen, the publisher of the “Oracle” who helped produce the Human Be-In summed it up best when a year before he died in 2004 told me, “For me, what happened in the Haight Ashbury is still going on around the world.” Learn More →

On Being at the Human Be-In

January 14, 2017  •  Peder Jones

I was one of the many who came to the Polo Fields fifty years ago to gather with others and listen to music and poetry. I left UC Santa Cruz early that morning with five friends in my 1959 Ford Galaxie convertible. (I’d bought the car from Joe Gillespie, an easy-listening KSFO disc jockey whose livelihood was being eroded by the music we were going to hear.) One passenger was Paul Mann, whom I was just getting to know. Paul was the lead singer for the Flowers of Evil, a Santa Cruz group often included in lists of psychedelic bands; today he is a professor of literature at Pomona College, and he and I remain close friends. Learn More →

Combustible Elements

January 14, 2017  •  Steve Rees

In one place, on one day, those who were saying “no” to the war and those who were saying “yes” to the music, danced together, dropped acid, chanted, danced, and listened. Learn More →