World's Long Anticipated40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love,San Francisco, Sept. 2, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May. 23, 2007 - The Summer of Love 40th will be heldSunday, September 2nd at Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, from 10amto 6pm. ADMISSION IS FREE. Musicians from across the country will be joining San Francisco atground zero, where it all began, celebrating ""Summer of Love 40th"Anniversary".CONFIRMED ACTS INCLUDE: Ray Manzarek (the Doors), Country Joe McDonald(Country Joe and the Fish), Canned Heat, Michael McClure (Beat poet),ruth weiss(Beat Poet), New Riders of the Purple Sage, Nick GravenitesBand with David Laflamme, Alameda All Stars (Gregg Allman), MerlSaunders (supporting the effort), Terry Haggerty (Sons of Champlin), DanHicks, The Charlatans, Essra Mohawk (Mothers of Invention), Barry "TheFish" Melton (Country Joe and the Fish), Squid B. Vicious, Jim Post(Friend and Lover, Siegel Schwall Blues Band), Paul "Lobster" Wells(DJ) , Chief Sunny Ray, Fishbone, Iroquois Tribe, Dakota Tribe, SeminoleTribe, Emitt Powell and the Gospel Elites. Additional acts are stillconfirming. For more information and a complete listing ofentertainment, please see: www.2b1records.com/summeroflove40th.
Representatives from hundreds of groups are joining the event insupport of the principles of peace, love, and understanding. Theseinclude:- The American Indigenous Peoples- The Seminole Tribe- The Iroquois Tribe- Indigenous People of South America- Speakers from the peace movement- Speakers from the Free speech movement- Speakers from the Anti-war movement- Poets from the beat generationEvents across the nation and around the world are honoring the"Summer of Love 40th" in support of San Francisco'scounter-culture. San Diego, Monterey, Vancouver Canada, England, France,Germany & the Czech Republic are all supporting the principals of the60's generation, and the birth of the counter-culture.A webcast of the event will be streamed throughout the day at the AppleQuicktimeTM website. For more information :www.2b1records.com/summeroflove40th.
Background: THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE 2007
There are moments in time when a word or thought has such power thatit changes history; a generation so involved in the moment that itbecomes unstoppable; and a spiritual awaking so profound that its veryconception shatters perceptions, halts the world and makes people fromall nations take notice.It started with a simple four letter word - LOVE! In the 1960's thisword became synonymous with a generation and a city called SanFrancisco. It was a concept, a belief deep in the hearts of all who werethere (and those who wished they were). It began with the writers andartists such as Ken Kesey, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, LawrenceFerlinghetti and the "Beat Generation". The epicenter of this movement was in certain neighborhoods of SanFrancisco such as North Beach and Haight Ashbury and in cities like PaloAlto, Berkeley, Los Angeles and New York. These pockets of anti-social,anti-establishment individuals questioned authority and theirsurroundings while searching for the real meanings of life and thedeeper truths. These small communities of like-minded individuals and"families" of communal creativity focused on poetry, art, folkmusic, jazz, and rock'n roll, demanding to be free of societalrestrictions, restraints and hang up's. And then one summer it happened! "We Were Everywhere". Thepureness of thought exploded exponentially and there were now millionsof us. This event, this historical moment which included most of 1967,became known as the "SUMMER OF LOVE".During this period the Peace Movement was born with the "HumanBe-Ins" in San Francisco and the "Love-Ins" in New York. Anti-wardemonstrations occurred everywhere and college campuses erupted withthousands of people refusing the draft. The American Indians tookAlcatraz and fought for their rights at Wounded Knee. This startled thegovernment; presidents were impeached, wars were stopped, an entiregeneration stood up and said "Hell No". Social change was occurring and continued on multiple levels. Out ofthis orderly chaos came the "movements": The Free Speech Movement,Free Love Movement, the Farm Workers Movement, the Women's Movement,the Gay Movement, the Environmental Movement, the Ecology Movement, theAnimal Rights Movement, the Sexual Revolution, the Spiritual Movement,the Student Movements, the Black Movement and the Anti-War Movement. The message was clear and the world was uniting behind one principleand one thought - LOVE! and its affirmation of PEACE, COMPASSION, andUNDERSTANDING. The word was brought fourth by musicians such as Donovan,Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane and thencarried on by many of the English musicians like Eric Clapton, theBeatles, and the Rolling Stones. Because of this free thinking environment a renaissance of giftedgenius' occurred with the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, JimHendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. Concepts and inventions werecoming a mile a minute touching every segment of society and even theengineering world participated by inventing the computer, the calculatorand the transistor. The internet, too had it's inceptions in the 1960's as a whole newcreative sector of the economy developed within, took hold and becameSilicon Valley (later home to Apple Computers). The internationalcommunity was also in awe of this explosion of creativity as Olympicathletes showed their solidarity by uniting with the winds of change.All this started with a simple word, a simple thought - LOVE! and ageneration willing to stand up and be counted and their willingness tobe different.This period of change is commemorated by celebrating the "SUMMER OFLOVE"It stands for:Truth and individual freedom. Freedom of expression.Freedom for an individual to make a choice - sexually, spiritually andsocially.Our rights to be different and still belong. Honor in refusing to fightyet honoring those who do.Creativity, love and respect for all things. Our right to make adifference.Our right to think independently. Our willingness to share with others.