Category Archives: Haight-Ashbury

Peter Coyote: Voice of the Vietnam Generation

“Halfway through episode five of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part The Vietnam War documentary, the smooth, sonorous-voiced narrator Peter Coyote describes how 50,000 antiwar activists marched from the Lincoln Memorial to the Pentagon 50 years ago on October 21st, … Continue reading

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Petulia – Richard Lester (1968)

“Warner Home Video released an appealing collection of comedies from the 1960’s and early 70’s a few weeks ago. It includes period pieces like Tony Richardson’s once-outrageous satire on life and death in Southern California, ‘The Loved One’; the proto-hippie … Continue reading

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Interview: Robert Crumb

“Robert Crumb opens the door to his medieval chateau in a village somewhere in the south west of France and says – as Americans tend to – ‘Hey, nice to meet you.’ He extends a long, thin hand on a … Continue reading

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What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been (February 26, 1976)

“The San Francisco scene started at the Red Dog Saloon, as much as you can say it started at any one place. Most of the elements were there: rock & roll, a sort of light show, the first psychedelic dance … Continue reading

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Haight-Ashbury Switchboard

“During the ‘hippie‘ period 1967–1968 in San Francisco, an individual named Al Rinker started an organization located at 1830 Fell St in the city’s Haight Ashbury district called the Switchboard. Its purpose was to act as a social switchboard for … Continue reading

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Born in the Summer of Love: The Haight Ashbury Free Clinic Transformed Drug Addiction Treatment

The influx of hippies to San Francisco in 1967 during the Summer of Love created a surge in health care needs, including many suffering from sexually transmitted diseases, pneumonia, food poisoning, and bad drug experiences. “As a straight-laced zoology student … Continue reading

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The Death of the Hippies

“In 1967, just after the Summer of Love, The Atlantic published ‘The Flowering of the Hippies,’ a profile of San Francisco’s new youth culture. ‘Almost the first point of interest about the hippies was that they were middle-class American children … Continue reading

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