Fall in Love in San Francisco
Last summer marked the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco. In 1967 Scott Mckenzie penned a tune that recognized the 60’s Flower Power movement, centred in the Haight Ashbury district. That year, more than 100,000 people gathered on the now famous Haight street to usher in the summer of love. The community became a magnet for musicians where many well-known bands from the 60s made their names…and some of the infamous variety also lived, such as Charles Manson, Patty Hearst and the Hells Angels.
Those of us old enough to remember Janis Joplin and the Holding Company or the Grateful Dead will be pleased to know that some of those memories live on in a walking tour that takes you to the corner of Haight and Ashbury (now a convenience store) and the surrounding neighbourhood to view houses where the musicians lived.
Although Jimi Hendrix is associated with his home town of Seattle, he spent quite a bit of time in San Francisco, living in an apartment at 1524A Haight Street just a few doors down from the famous Haight Ashbury intersection. The building is known locally as the Jimi Hendrix House. The house is painted Red to honour his legacy.
In 1967 Charles Manson lived in the neighbourhood for a few months before moving to southern California. The house at 636 Cole Street was home to Manson, Mary Brunner, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme and a few others.
The Grateful Dead lived at 710 Ashbury Street for two years between 1966 and 1968. The house was the scene of a famous drug bust in 1967 that netted police a pound of marijuana.
Jefferson Airplane lived at 2400 Fulton Street. One of the Airplane’s albums was named for the house.
Janis Joplin lived at 122 Lyon Street for a time. She apparently lived there with her boyfriend Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish (who played at Woodstock) fame.
Here’s a great resource to get you started on a walking tour of the district. And when you go, be sure to wear flowers in your hair!
Flights, Hotels and More
San Francisco is an amazing place. To help you on your way, here are links to various sites:
If you would like to check out Airbnb, this link can help you on your way with a $50 coupon for your first stay.
While in San Francisco we stayed in a terrific VRBO townhouse just below Coit Tower. Great location. Walked or took the bus everywhere. You can take a look at that option here.
For flights, we have used Expedia in the past to book trips.
If you’d like to learn more before you go, check out the history of the Haight Ashbury district on Amazon.