You may think that the 1960s Peace and Love era in San Francisco officially started in June of 1967 with the Summer of Love. Or perhaps you think it was in January of 1967 with Dr. Timothy Leary and the Human Be-In. My friend Eric Christensen would say you are wrong.
He says it started on January 21 through 23 of 1966 with the Trips Festival
Here is an audio clip promoting the event:
The festival was created by Stewart Brand of Whole Earth Catalog fame. This was the first time many folks got to hear the Grateful Dead. Here is an overview of what happened:
Eric attended the Trips Festival. It made such an impression on him that after a long career in media, starting in local radio stations and later at KGO television as a producer, he made a film about the event.
The California Historical Society has organized a series of events called “The 1960s Revisited.” On this Friday, January 22, Eric will a part of a panel discussion called, “The Significance of the Trips Festival,” to be held from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco. You can sign up to attend at – tripsat50.eventbrite.com.
Here is more info about the DVD: