Summer of love book recommendations

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  1. bhs00

    bhs00 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    North Alabama
    I'm looking for a book, preferably an ebook, about the summer of love and the San Francisco hippie scene. Anyone have any recommendations?
  2. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    It's not specifically about the SoL or even the city you want, but for anyone interested in '60s music I heartily recommend this book:


    It's a lively, often funny account of the L.A. music scene, including the rise and fall of the hippie culture as well as the Monterrey Pop Festival (which was conceived by L.A. scenesters Lou Adler and John Philips).
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  3. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    I Want To Take You Higher covers this in its coverage of psychedelic music.
    Good format and good photos.
    Prob. Not ebook though..
  4. timind

    timind Don't blame me

    Westfield, IN USA
    Not just the summer of love, but fun to read.
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  5. Weldon Harris

    Weldon Harris Well-Known Member

    I've been reading Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion and it talks about what was going on at that time in the bay area and southern California.

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  6. Black Magic Woman

    Black Magic Woman Sorry for my english

  7. MikeM

    MikeM Forum Resident

    Youngstown, Ohio
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  8. ianuaditis

    ianuaditis Evil Twin

    Bill Graham Presents is a pretty good source for that era. It's marketed as a bio, but it has quite a few of the principals of that era speaking in their own words.

    It covers the rest of his life and times, but there was some good info on the hippie scene and the summer of love.
  9. MarkTWIC

    MarkTWIC Forum Resident

    I love the music and the images but it's pretty clear in reality Haight-Ashbury was close to a disaster area even before the Summer of 67 finished. Disaffected naive kids, a lot of predatory behaviour, just too many lost people for the area. The idealistic period didn't really make it more than a few months, certainly didn't last until Altamont. Peter Cayote was pretty scathing in a documentary I saw.
  10. Not quite what the OP is after, but anyone interested in the SF '67 scene would probably be interested in checking out The Haight, a photobook by Jim Marshall with text by Joel Selvin that covers the scene and its key players pretty well. The unfolded book jacket:

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  11. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

    Sacramento CA USA
    I read this one about a year or so ago. Excellent book!
  12. ralphb

    ralphb "First they came for..."

    Brooklyn, New York
    The White Album also has some essays regarding the 60's and California, including a very memorable one about a Doors recording session.
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  13. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Forum Resident

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    "Garcia" is a good read to understand what started the "Summer Of Love". By 1967 the real fun was over actually, and with the term "hippy"
    taken by the media, it was all downhill from there...
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  14. geo50000

    geo50000 Forum Resident

    Colorado Springs
    San Francisco Nights by Gene Sculatti & Davin Seay is indispensable:
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  15. Dave Garrett

    Dave Garrett Forum Resident

    Houston, TX
    For a different take on the Haight than most of the books that have already been mentioned, Emmett Grogan’s Ringolevio is pretty essential. Grogan was a founder of the Diggers and he did not hesitate to skewer many ideas that became firmly entrenched as sacred cows.
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