Re: Woodstock and San Fransisco

Jack Jackson (
Mon, 29 Jan 1996 17:13:40 -0500

One book that you might want to add to your list is Joel's Selvin's "The
Summer of Love." Despite the books critics, he got at least one thing
right: The 'summer of love' never happened. I lived in Berkeley in the
50's and 60's (I grew up with Selvin) and visited the Haight on a number
of occasions. What I saw, during the cold SF summer months, was a street
scene of drugs and runaways,with many of the runaways selling the drugs,
and themselves, for a meal or a ticket to the Fillmore, where they could
listen to music inside, where it was warm. The music was happening and
it was definitely free - Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin
and many others - (read Selvin's book) but the Haight was not a friendly
place unless you were just passing through, spending money. The myth
surrounding it is just that.