Category Archives: Haight-Ashbury

Bob Weir on Psychedelic San Francisco and the Birth of the Grateful Dead

Fillmore West at Van Ness and Market, 1970, with marquee advertising upcoming Grateful Dead shows. “Bob Weir’s long, strange trip with the Grateful Dead began on New Year’s Eve, 1963, when he followed the sound of a banjo into a … Continue reading

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Vesuvio Café – North Beach

“… Leo Riegler, part owner and ‘padrone’ of Vesuvio Café on Columbus Avenue, once remarked, ‘You can’t be all things to all people.’ While this is sage advice for most business owners, the truth is Vesuvio has been pretty much … Continue reading

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Hip Capitalism Fails

March 14, 1968: Selling the underground press on Haight and Clayton. “By 1971 the original 1967 ambivalence among one element of hippie culture with the urban setting manifested itself in what I call the Long March to Tennessee, led by … Continue reading

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Stewart Brand

“Stewart Brand (born December 14, 1938) is an American writer, best known as editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. He founded a number of organizations, including The WELL, the Global Business Network, and the Long Now Foundation. He is the … Continue reading

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Debunking ’60s Myths and Catchphrases

Crossing street at Masonic and Haight, 1967. “… The system not only referred to capitalism or to economics. The system represented the constellation of forces that dominated and controlled all aspects of social life from sexual mores to the oppression … Continue reading

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Fillmore: The Beats in the Western Addition

“If all art aspires to the condition of music, then in the postwar coteries that would sometimes be called beat, that music was jazz, and its salient qualities were spontaneity, improvisation, collaboration, subversion, low and outlaw status, hipness/coolness, and an … Continue reading

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The Psychedelic Poster Craze of the 1960s

“For centuries, the poster has been a useful tool for advertising coming attractions, warning of dangers both physical and spiritual, and publicly calling for political change. But it wasn’t until the 1960s that the idea of using posters for decoration … Continue reading

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Hunter S. Thompson vs. To Tell the Truth (1967)

“… In what is perhaps the most gloriously absurd author/game show crossover, a contractually-obligated (?) Hunter S. Thompson and his two impostors tread the boards before perennial To Tell the Truth panelists Peggy Cass, Kitty Carlisle, and Tom Poston. … … Continue reading

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The Hippies Who Hated the Summer of Love

Young hippies straddle the sidewalk as an elderly woman, a long-time resident of the Haight-Ashbury district, walks by in San Francisco, Calif., on April 25, 1967. “The posters began to appear around the city just after New Year’s, 1967. ‘A … Continue reading

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Who Saw the Summer of Love?

Jay and Ron Thelin outside The Psychedelic Shop, c. 1966. “San Francisco has always been a boomtown, and California has always called to people from far-flung parts of the country. The massive migration to California during the Summer of Love … Continue reading

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