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NOTE: Internet stream radio interview with Boots Hughston coordinator of Summer of Love 40th Anniversary, on Thursday, August 16, 2007, 7 PM (PST) 10 PM (EST) ArtistFirst Radio Network. You can tune in to anywhere from your PC.

Thank you for your support of our effort to get the word out about this exciting anniversary of 40 years of Summer of Love.


--- 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

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



Over One Hundred Musicians Will
Take The “Official” Summer of Love Stage

CONFIRMED ACTS: Country Joe McDonald, Moby Grape reunion (all original members), Taj Mahal, Lester Chambers (from Chambers Brothers), Canned Heat, Moby Grape (reunion), Lydia Penseand Cold Blood, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Jerry Miller Band (from Moby Grape) featuring Tiran Porter and Dale Ockerman (from the Doobie Brothers) and Fuzzy John Oxendine (from the Sons of Champlin) , Banana (from the Youngbloods), Michael McClure and Ray Manzarek (from the Doors), San Francisco’s First Family of Rock (TBA), Brian Auger, David Laflamme, Dickie Peterson of Blue Cheer, Chris and Lorin of the Rowan Brothers, The Alameda All Stars (from Gregg Allman band), Brad Jenkins, Terry Haggerty (from the Sons of Champlin), Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, George Michalski - Pete Sears “Dueling Keys,” Freddie Roulette , Ron Thompson , The Charlatans, Leigh Stephens (Blue Cheer), Greg Douglas (from Steve Miller), Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship), Essra Mohawk (from Mothers of Invention), Barry “The Fish” Melton, All Night Flight featuring David Denny and Steve McCarty (from Steve Miller), Jack King (from Cold Blood) and Dale Ockerman (former Doobie Brothers), Merl Saunders (supporting the event), Hair (reunion Original Cast), Squid B. Vicious with Buddy Miles, Jim Post (Friend and Lover, Siegel Schwall Blues Band), Charles Lewis – Harmonica, David Harris, Fayette Hauser and the Cocketts, Cindy Sheehan (political activist), Jack Hirschman (Poet Laureate of San Francisco), Scoop Nisker, Ben Vareen, Terrance Hallinan (former SF DA) ruth weiss (Beat Poet), Richard Eastman (marijuana initiative), Lenore Kandel (Beat Poet), Paul “Lobster” Wells, Khenchen Rinpoche (Buddhist Monk), Dr Hip (Eugene Schoenfeld), Artie Kornfeild (Producer of Woodstock), Wavy Gravy, Mouse man (Bagpipes), David E. Smith (Haight Ashbury Medical Clinic), Bruce Latimer (Bruce Latimer show), Rabbi Joseph Langer, Bruce Barthol (Mime Troupe), Stephen Gaskin, Doug Green, Howard Hesseman (schedule permitting), Benjamin Hernandez (Harts hands and Elders),American Indigenous people’s,Agnes Pilgrim and 13 Grandmas (schedule permitting), Lakota War Ponys, Merle Tendoy (6 th generation of Sacagawea) Shonie, Albert Tenaya, Harry Riverbottom (Chippewa), Chief Sunne Reyna, Iroquois Tribe, Dakota Tribe, Seminole Tribe, Emit Powell and the Gospel Elites. We are unable to pre-announce certain San Francisco heritage musicians because of their 60-mile/60-day contractual obligations and non-compete clauses.

What began 40 years ago in San Francisco is being celebrated worldwide this summer. Other events across the nation and around the world are also honoring the "Summer of Love 40th Anniversary," including Canada, England, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, and in Monterey and San Diego, California. All these events recognize and support the principals of the 60's generation and the birth of the counterculture.

A web cast of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park 40th Anniversary Concert will be streamed throughout the day on the Apple QuickTime website. A&E and YourTV20 will be doing specials on the event.

There is a 29 poster series that has been printed commemorating this event in the classic 60’s style.

Artist included in the series: Mark Henson, Hunter, Donovan (Fire House), J. Kosa, John Seabury , M. Dolgushkin, T. Tweleves, Crowbar, P. Ryan, L. Lamb, L. Conklin, M. Mot, L. Graves, A. Annenberg, Hamersfield, Ferris, Houston, Kerrigan, Howard, Moskowitz, Olson, Stanley Mouse Chris Shaw and Gilbert Johnson.


"There was one of everything in the Cockettes; hippie chicks, gay hippies, black gay hippie dancers, carnie guys, beatnik poets, two babies, a bus driver and one anarchistic postal worker.

We all had been in San Francisco for at least a year, dropped acid, got crazy, dove into the life and came out reincarnated as Freaks.

Acid was the great equalizer. Everyone got so deep into the exploration of the nature of the Universe and the nature of the Self that all irrelevant social pretexts were swept away. Being black, or gay or anything in particular only added to the uniqueness of the package and was considered an asset to be celebrated.

When the Cockettes began to live together, it was because we all shared certain desires, mainly the need to dress in the highest drag possible. It was like plumage on a bird, meant to attract those of like mind to each other and of course, be sexy. A successful drag was measured by how few words it took to attract a total stranger and communicate the sexiest vibe possible. The Cockettes got very good at it. We really wanted to spread the love.

You could tell when someone was new in town because they were so clean, no rough edges. Once you took Acid, all you wanted to do was to dive into the raw guts of life, get messy and emerge transformed. The result was not pretty in the conventional sense of the word but it was certainly beautiful. Beauty redefined, beauty made real.

The Cockette house had our life on display. The walls dripped with drag and décor. The first Cockette house was Bush and Baker where the rooms were painted deep blood red and were encrusted with layers of pictures, song sheets, drawings, feathers, bracelets, amulets, beads, fabric and garments of every era. Every day we trolled the city looking for the perfect item, the one that resonated, had meaning and magic. Like language or music, all this conveyed the soup of our collective soul.

So we were perfectly poised for the arrival of our shaman, Hibiscus. He blazed down the street and into our house to put us all onto the stage, which was where we belonged.

The stage show was equally messy and explosive. The show channeled an energy that pervaded the city so perfectly that everyone embraced it immediately. There was no “fourth wall” to a Cockette show. The audience was as dragged out as we were and enthusiastically participated. So many would jump onto the stage that it was sometimes difficult to push my way to the mike to warble my tune.

I felt that I was in the thick of life at its very best and I wanted it to never end. The great tragedy is that it did end."

Fayette Hauser of The Cockettes


Haight Ashbury Free Clinics

The historic 1967 'Summer of Love' gave birth to the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics and its now famous maxim: "Health Care Is a Right, Not a Privilege". The legendary San Francisco music scene attracted tens of thousands of youths who practiced free love and had plentiful access to street drugs. San Francisco's medical service providers had neither the skills nor the means to deal with this large new population of youth and their medical needs.

Now 40 years later, The Clinics are in 12 facilities from The Haight to Treasure Island and have evolved into four major programs staffed with 175 dedicated employees and 500 committed volunteers. "Substance Abuse Treatment Services" (SATS) is The Clinic's largest program with 100 residential treatment beds and numerous outpatient programs including the City's only 24x7 drop-in crisis center. All mental health in the City & County jails is done by The Clinic's "Jail Psychiatric Services" (JPS) program. At over 500 events a year from Sacramento to San Francisco to San Jose, The Clinic's "Rock Medicine" program provides free medical care to concert goers and event attendees. And the celebrated "Medical Clinic" in the Haight is still operational today in its original location.

The Clinics are world-renowned for their Integrated Services Model of combining primary medical care, substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, and intensive case management into a single treatment modality. In 2007, The Clinic's launched their groundbreaking "Integrated Care Center" in the Mission where these four services are integrated in a single clinic setting thereby being able to better treat the individual.

Each year The Clinics treat about 20,000 individuals and provide 170,000 patient visits making Haight Ashbury Free Clinics one of San Francisco's largest and leading human service agencies. As a safety-net healthcare provider serving a diverse population that is predominantly uninsured and homeless, The Clinics receives government funding but relies heavily on contributions from individuals, companies, and foundations.

Haight Ashbury Free Clinics prides itself on offering high quality, comprehensive, nonjudgmental and culturally competent healthcare to match the San Francisco's diverse population who are in greatest need.

Another Witness to the 1967 Human Be In, the beginning of the Summer of Love- Rock Scully, Grateful Dead manager

"When I came back there were maybe 10,000, 15,000 people there already, and there was this incredible kind of a glowing dome. It may have been created by the pot smoke, I'm not sure."

It was such a remarkable event. For me, I walked in on it having been there the night before and having helped set-up the stage and everything... early, early in the morning, these buses started showing up, painted buses, and trucks with houses built on the back of them. Just an amazing community of vehicles started to show up! I left. When I came back, I'll never forget it, coming through those Eucalyptus trees in Golden Gate Park... When I came back there were maybe 10,000, 15,000 people there already, and there was this incredible kind of a glowing dome. It may have been created by the pot smoke, I'm not sure. Or the sun, or the mist left over from the evening fog, I don't know. But to me it was all enveloping and came from the people themselves and there was just a glow about it and the whole day was like that.

The Be-In was more of a celebration of ourselves and what we were about, and just to see who we were... Our new found consciousness about the planet, and about the earth, and about getting along with each other, and about what we'd been experiencing over the last two years, or three years... This was a statement, that just out of numbers, showed that we were an expanding, conscious, cultural form, event, a renaissance, so to speak... A new twist on civilization as we knew it.

Excerpted from the audio CD & iTunes Download
"Summer of Love Oral Archive by Rock Scully"
Voiceprint Records, BeanBag1 Entertainment
Recorded and released Summer 2007

Legacy Time For Psychedelic Hipsters: Rock Scully Remembers Life In The Hurricane
By: Jim McCaffrey, The Bulletin 06/28/2007

Monterrey, CA - Forty summers have passed and still it seems like what is most important to remember about the Summer of Love is that it was not. Rock Scully, the 20-year manager of the seminal San Francisco rock band The Grateful Dead, was there, he remembers, and he's telling all who want to know 1967 in the city by the bay was anything but a Summer of Love. Scully has recorded some of his memories of that summer and the times leading up to it on a new CD called 40th Anniversary Summer of Love Oral Archive (on the BeanBag1 Entertainment label [] available from, and other outlets).

He remembers that summer of 1967 as the sad end to a beautiful time. It was when the good vibes, music and community morphed into bad drug trips, predatory music deals and human disaster in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district. It's a strange joke of time and circumstance that (much like the so-called Summer of Love) the Grateful Dead, a group that once earned a reputation as one of the great roaring beasts of rock 'n' roll, have been gelded by selective memory, publicists and well-meaning fans into something that resembles a benign, if somewhat impish and impertinent, band of wood sprites.

Scully, against all odds and good sense, held on as manager of the Grateful Dead from 1965 to 1985. In that era, managing that band could only have been like jumping a tornado and trying to steer.

The Dead may never have been scarier to the suits-and-ties, silent majority and government officials of America's Great Society than in the summer of 1967. The band and their friends were notorious outlaws. Their known associates included Hells' Angels, Pranksters, LSD manufacturers and dope smugglers. "We weren't boy scouts," Scully concedes.

At the same time, the Dead family was part of a group of bands, social activists and hip businesses that acted as unofficial mayors of the San Francisco counterculture.

The core of this community was well-established in the Haight by 1965 and was already living by the ethos, mores and lifestyles that were to define their generation in the years to come.

"I moved to the Haight district in 1963," Scully recalled recently for The Bulletin. "More and more young people filed in, and there began to be a communal spirit. We were all listening to the same music. We were all listening to [Bob] Dylan and Joan Baez and Mimi Farina.

"We were adventurers, artists, musicians. All the ancillary stuff developed in our community. Communal living, recycling, organic farming, personal freedom and [an emphatic recognition of] women's rights all developed in the 1964 and 1965 period."

Headquarters (so to speak) for this turgid scene centered around 710 Ashbury St. Though the band members had rooms in the old boarding house, this place was as much a headquarters as a home.

Scully met Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Bill Kreutzman and Bob Weir - the musicians who became The Grateful Dead - in 1965 through an LSD manufacturer who was bankrolling the band and wanted him to manage them. LSD was legal at the time.

"Our house at 710 Ashbury was a boardinghouse when we moved into it," Scully remembered. "We had a first floor office. Weir would sleep in the reclining chair in the office. Pigpen slept in the back of the kitchen. Garcia was upstairs next to me. It was about that time that Garcia bought a pedal steel guitar that he set up in the hallway."

Scully recalls 710 smelling like cooked bacon. "It was a bachelor pad. There were wet towels on the bathroom floor. We didn't have much furniture. In the office, we sat on the desk." The sense of community was palpable though from the start. "Boz Skaggs lived up at the top of the hill," he recalled. "Steve Miller lived another block up. 1965 was a wonderful summer. We were co-existing with [The Beatles' film] 'A Hard Days' Night.' We started experimenting with light shows. "710 was an information hub. We weren't the number one band. That was the Jefferson Airplane. We could go over to the park or out to the Panhandle with a flatbed truck and a generator and play for free and we got away with it. And we had a wonderful time doing it. In 1965 and 1966 there was a sense of joy in the community."

For all his involvement with the zeitgeist that created the legend of that time, Scully does not identify himself with the most prominent label of his era. "The word 'hippie' was a newspaper construct - something made up by the San Francisco Chronicle," he recalled. "We called ourselves 'freaks' and 'outlaws' or 'pranksters' or just 'hip.' I never called myself a 'hippie.' I was a radical. I wasn't a 'hippie.'"

Scully is now on the San Francisco Arts Commission. He's back working with the city organizing the 40th Anniversary Summer of Love concert there for the Labor Day weekend. It will be held Sept. 2 at Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park. Among the acts scheduled for the show are Country Joe McDonald, Canned Heat, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Greg Allman, Dan Hicks, The Charlatans and Fishbone.

Jim McCaffrey can be reached at jmccaffrey @

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