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San Francisco Mayor Proclaims Sept. 2, 2007

Summer Of Love 40th Anniversary Day

Thousands Expected in Golden Gate Park For Gathering of the Tribes

100’s of Musicians to Perform at Free Summer of Love Anniversary Concert

San Francisco, CA July 1. 2007 - San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newsom has issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, September 2, 2007, Summer of Love 40 th Anniversary Day in San Francisco. On that day, the 40th Anniversary Summer of Love Free Concert will take place in Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadows between 10 AM and 6 PM. Mayor Newsom acknowledged the 60­s movement in his proclamation which begins: "Whereas, The Summer of Love in San Francisco is internationally recognized as the birthplace of the 60's revolution that ignited a spiritual awaking that swept the world..." The full proclamation including concert information can be found at

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--- Read the Proclamation From The Mayor of San Francisco ---


--- Letter from Sly Stone ---

Chet Helms had a magical ability to bring people together, the 60's was an incredible time for music, the San Francisco music scene exploded on the world platform as the place to be. Bill Graham and Chet Helms were both very intuitive and had the chemistry that helped change the world of music.
  Little did we all know that the majority of bands that came out of the S.F. Bay Area at that time would be a part of musical history. The Summer of Love was Chet's labor of love for the people, everyone really loved and respected Chet as i do.
  People from every corner of the globe flocked here, the energy and vibe was geared for all to be who they be and be free of the injustices and stereotypes that plague our society, When Sly and The Family Stone came onto the music scene people were ready for our music. 
  We took the world by storm, as we touched the hearts of millions of "everyday people".
  And to this day our legacy continues to live on. Please let the people know that Sly and the Family Stone would have loved to perform at the 40th Anniversary for the Summer of Love..
  Happy 40th to the Family Dog as the bands play on one thing is certain about life itself i say
  "When we wind up, We only find up, not down"   In my world "EVERYBODY IS A STAR".
Sylvester Stewart -  aka Sly Stone


"As a writer musician and growing hippie with a career in Music in the early 60s I had a vision of changing the world through song and Love. I was fortunate to actually have one of 67s flower hit records with The Rain "I Love THe Flower Girl" by the Cowsills that I wrote and produced. As co-creator and promoter of the Woodstock Festival in 1969 I have watched the comercialization of our trip of love by money hungry ex-partners and others.That is why I am so excited about the Summer of Love anniversary Party this year.I told the promoter Boots that in a way this represents the true feeling that was felt in 67 and culminated in 69, of Love each other through Peace,Love,and Music . I am happy that this celebration preceeds Woodstock ,that is very dear to us all, as it was to myself as creator, and many millions a representation of things to come. WE owe our lives to the ones that have come before us. I am excited about being back there in 67 NOW."
Artie Kornfeld

  1. composer and producer of over 50 hits worldwide.
  2. Co-Creator of "The Woodstock Festival, and Movie 1969
  3. 1st Vice President of Rock at any label in "Rock and Roll History" singed artists for Capital records 1965
  4. My Building - Don Kirshner, Phil Specter and Artie Kornfeld named three most important developers of Rock Music stating in 1958.
  5. Over 120 Gold and Platinum awards as writer, promoter, producer, publisher, and label owner.

Events across the nation and around the world are honoring the “Summer of Love 40th” in support of San Francisco’s counter-culture. San Diego, Monterey, Vancouver Canada, England, France, Germany & the Czech Republic are all  supporting the principals of the 60’s generation,  and the birth of the counter-culture. 

A webcast of the event will be streamed throughout the day at the Apple QuicktimeTM website. For more information : 

Pop artist icon, Peter Max said, "I am so happy to see a concert is being held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love. It's important there is a historical legacy to the message this time period represents. We need to always celebrate the universal values of compassion, peace and love." 



2007 Proclamation

            There are moments in time when a word or thought has such power that it changes history; a generation so involved in the moment that it becomes unstoppable; and a spiritual awaking so profound that its very conception shatters perceptions, halts the world and makes people from all nations take notice.

            It started with a simple four letter word – LOVE! In the 1960’s this word became synonymous with a generation and a city called San Francisco. It was a concept, a belief deep in the hearts of all who were there (and those who wished they were). It began with the writers and artists such as Ken Kesey, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the “Beat Generation”.

            The epicenter of this movement was in certain neighborhoods of San Francisco such as North Beach and Haight Ashbury and in cities like Palo Alto, Berkeley, Los Angeles and New York. These pockets of anti-social, anti-establishment individuals questioned authority and their surroundings while searching for the real meanings of life and the deeper truths. These small communities of like-minded individuals and “families” of communal creativity focused on poetry, art, folk music, jazz,  and rock’n roll, demanding to be free of societal restrictions, restraints and hang up’s.

            And then one summer it happened! “We Were Everywhere”. The pureness of thought exploded exponentially and there were now millions of 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 “Human Be-Ins” in San Francisco and the “Love-Ins” in New York.  Anti-war demonstrations occurred everywhere and college campuses erupted with thousands of people refusing the draft. The American Indians took Alcatraz and fought for their rights at Wounded Knee. This startled the government; presidents were impeached, wars were stopped, an entire generation stood up and said “Hell No”.

            Social change was occurring and continued on multiple levels. Out of this 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, the Animal 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 principle and one thought – LOVE! and its affirmation of            PEACE, COMPASSION, and UNDERSTANDING. The word was brought fourth by musicians such as Donovan, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane and then carried on by many of the English musicians like Eric Clapton, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones.

            Because of this free thinking environment a renaissance of gifted genius’ occurred with the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Jim Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. Concepts and inventions were coming a mile a minute touching every segment of society and even the engineering world participated by inventing the computer, the calculator and the transistor. 

            The internet, too had it’s inceptions in the 1960’s as a whole new creative sector of the economy developed within, took hold and became Silicon Valley (later home to Apple Computers). The international community was also in awe of this explosion of creativity as Olympic athletes showed their solidarity by uniting with the winds of change. All this started with a simple word, a simple thought – LOVE! and a generation willing to stand up and be counted and their willingness to be different.

This period of change is commemorated by celebrating the “SUMMER OF LOVE”

It stands for:

Truth and individual freedom.  Freedom of expression.

Freedom for an individual to make a choice - sexually, spiritually and socially.

Our rights to be different and still belong.  Honor in refusing to fight yet honoring those who do.

Creativity, love and respect for all things.  Our right to make a difference.

Our right to think independently.  Our willingness to share with others.

In 2007 the 40th Anniversary of the SUMMER OF LOVE will be celebrated with a FREE concert in Golden Gate Park, Speedway Meadows, San Francisco, on September 2nd from 10 am to 6pm. All are welcome.

For information 415-861-1520,

Media please note, amazing vintage summer of love art


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