Summer of Love Revisited

In 1967, June 1 was the unofficial beginning of the Summer of Love in San Francisco. On June 3, 1967, Dick Clark hosted the Jefferson Airplane band on “American Bandstand.” Clark interviewed the band and asked, “Do parents have anything to worry about?” Here is the interview with that answer and more:

The Jefferson Airplane has been called a pioneer band in psychedelic rock music. They came together in 1965. Grace Slick joined them in 1966 as the lead singer. In 1967, they released an album called “Surrealistic Pillow” and it made it to #3 on the Billboard album chart. Two single songs from that album are on Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” Dick Clark introduced the band by talking about the City. He said, “everybody who goes to the place falls in love with it. But it’s a whole new scene now…” To listen to the two songs voted a part of the “greatest” list and hear the interview again, check out:

Although the Summer of Love looked like a random series of events, you may not know that in the spring of 1967, a Council of the Summer of Love was formed to help with what was being predicted as thousands of people arriving in the Haight. Reality exceeded predictions. This coalition of groups organized housing, food, and sanitation along with creating a free medical clinic. This was the first free medical clinic in the country.

In 1997, the original Council organized the 30th anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love. Here is the Web site about the anniversary celebration:

And the free clinic still exists with a new partner and a new name.