Fifty years ago, the epicenter of counterculture, the San Francisco neighborhood Haight-Ashbury, attracted young people by the thousands. Though an eclectic group, they often shared similar beliefs: experimentation, a rejection of consumerist values, peace, and a general opposition toward the Vietnam War. They also shared a passion for music. The Summer of Love Turns 50 exhibition will celebrate a time when musicians were looked to as a collective mouthpiece for a generation.
Visitors can experience rarely seen artifacts including:
Jimi Hendrix’s purple velvet jacket and recording console used for his “Summer of Love” recordings
A guitar played by Ron “Pigpen” McKernan of the Grateful Dead
Clothing worn by Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas
Iconic concert posters from The Fillmore, Avalon Ballroom and others
Original artwork by Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane
In addition to our exhibition, the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives will showcase a companion display of concert handbills featuring the visual artists who reflected the culture’s vibrancy.
Alongside the Rock Hall’s Rolling Stone / 50 Years, the exhibition is part of the Rock Hall’s larger look back at the music and culture 1967. A variety of public programming options will provide communal experiences throughout the summer.
Summer of Love Turns 50 will be open through 2017.
This board recorded The Summer of Love sessions with Hendrix and Curtis Knight, which were eventually released in 2001.
The Haight district came alive with dance parties featuring local stars like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother and the Holding Company.