Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The end of the Summer of Love
They called it the "Summer of Love," though in retrospect it's hard to see what was so lovely about it.

Yes, there was the music -- the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" (which came out June 1, 1967), the Doors' "Light My Fire," the Monterey Pop Festival and the rise of the San Francisco scene -- but the summer of 1967 was also the Long, Hot Summer of urban riots and Vietnam War protest.

Much was made this summer about the 40th anniversary of that summer, to little avail. But it would be a shame to let three events go unsung:

- Today marks the release of "Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970" (Rhino), a 4-CD collection of Bay Area music. Here you'll find the Airplane and the Dead, yes, but also the Mojo Men, the Count Five, the Charlatans, Blue Cheer and the Flamin' Groovies. The packaging, incidentally, is gorgeous, with essays by Gene Sculatti and Ben-Fong Torres and dozens of glorious photographs.

- Speaking of photographs, San Francisco's San Francisco Art Exchange gallery is running a show, "67 68 69: Years that Molded a Generation," with photographs by Joel Brodsky, Michael Cooper (including his Rolling Stones "Satanic Majesty" cover), David Fenton, Elliott Landy, Gered Mankowitz, Tim Page and Baron Wolman, among others. The show runs through October 13.

- And on Sunday, The New York Times' Charles Isherwood paid homage to "Hair," the "American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" that may have marked the last gasp of the best-selling Broadway cast album. (Two years after the show's 1967 off-Broadway debut, covers of five of its songs -- "Easy to Be Hard," "Hair, "Good Morning Starshine" and the "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" medley -- had hit the Billboard Top Five, which no doubt helped the album's sales.) An interesting reflection on a groundbreaking show.
Almost the end of the Summer of Love... check out the rock show with some of the bands that played at Monterray... the last show will be Oct 6th in Floridawww.myspace.com/summeroflove40
Wow, this is so cool, I can hardly wait to get this because my mom and dad lived during this in the San Francisco area and my dad was in the music industry back then. Even one of his songs is included in this set.
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