Monterey Pop Festival Anniversary - 'Summer of Love' Turns 50

Music | Associated Press | June 13, 2017, 3:25 pm
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 Fifty years ago in June 2017, the three-day concert in the San Francisco Bay area gave birth to the 'Summer of Love' and paved the way for today's popular festivals. Before Burning Man and Bonnaroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza, Glastonbury and Governors Island, there was Monterey Pop. <br /> In this June 18, 1967 photo, Jimi Hendrix performs at the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif. (Image: AP)

Fifty years ago in June 2017, the three-day concert in the San Francisco Bay area gave birth to the 'Summer of Love' and paved the way for today's popular festivals. Before Burning Man and Bonnaroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza, Glastonbury and Governors Island, there was Monterey Pop.
In this June 18, 1967 photo, Jimi Hendrix performs at the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif. (Image: AP)

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 In this June 18, 1967 file photo, Jimi Hendrix performs at the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif. (Image: AP)

In this June 18, 1967 file photo, Jimi Hendrix performs at the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif. (Image: AP)

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 In this June 18, 1967 photo, Pete Townshend of The Who smashes his guitar after their performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif. (Image: AP)

In this June 18, 1967 photo, Pete Townshend of The Who smashes his guitar after their performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif. (Image: AP)

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 This undated file photo shows members of the Grateful Dead band, from left to right, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Brent Mydland, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir. The Summer of Love in 1967 marked a turning point in rock and roll history: It introduced America to the exciting new sounds coming out of San Francisco's local music scene. (Image: AP)

This undated file photo shows members of the Grateful Dead band, from left to right, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Brent Mydland, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir. The Summer of Love in 1967 marked a turning point in rock and roll history: It introduced America to the exciting new sounds coming out of San Francisco's local music scene. (Image: AP)

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 In this Thursday, June 21, 1967 file photo, Judy Smith, wearing face paint and flowers in her hair, smiles as she and others gather at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Fifty years ago, throngs of American youth descended on San Francisco to join a cultural revolution. (Image: AP)

In this Thursday, June 21, 1967 file photo, Judy Smith, wearing face paint and flowers in her hair, smiles as she and others gather at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Fifty years ago, throngs of American youth descended on San Francisco to join a cultural revolution. (Image: AP)

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 In this June 18, 1967 photo is the scene at the Monterey Fairgrounds during the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif. (Image: AP)

In this June 18, 1967 photo is the scene at the Monterey Fairgrounds during the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif. (Image: AP)

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 In this June 17, 1967 photo is the scene on the football field at Monterey Peninsula College where over 20,000 people camped during the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif. (Image: AP)

In this June 17, 1967 photo is the scene on the football field at Monterey Peninsula College where over 20,000 people camped during the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif. (Image: AP)

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 In this June 17, 1967 photo are two women at the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif. (Image: AP)

In this June 17, 1967 photo are two women at the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif. (Image: AP)

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 In this June 17, 1967 photo, people gather at the Monterey Fairgrounds during the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif. (Image: AP)

In this June 17, 1967 photo, people gather at the Monterey Fairgrounds during the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, Calif. (Image: AP)

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 In this Jan. 15, 1967 file photo, Timothy Leary, center, leads thousands in a song at the 'Human Be-In' on the Golden Gate Park Polo Fields in San Francisco. Dennis McNally, who has curated an exhibit at the California Historical Society, says the national media paid little attention to San Francisco's psychedelic community until January 1967, when poets and bands joined forces for the 'Human Be-In,' which unexpectedly drew about 50,000 people. Leary stood on stage and delivered his famous mantra: 'Turn on. Tune In. Drop out.' (Image: AP)

In this Jan. 15, 1967 file photo, Timothy Leary, center, leads thousands in a song at the 'Human Be-In' on the Golden Gate Park Polo Fields in San Francisco. Dennis McNally, who has curated an exhibit at the California Historical Society, says the national media paid little attention to San Francisco's psychedelic community until January 1967, when poets and bands joined forces for the 'Human Be-In,' which unexpectedly drew about 50,000 people. Leary stood on stage and delivered his famous mantra: 'Turn on. Tune In. Drop out.' (Image: AP)

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 In this March 8, 1968 file photo, members of the rock group Jefferson Airplane pose in San Francisco. From left are, Marty Balin, lead singer, songwriter and founder, Grace Slick, vocalist, Spencer Dryden, drummer, Paul Kantner, electric guitar and vocalist, Jorma Kaukonen, lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter and Jack Casady, bass guitarist. (Image: AP)

In this March 8, 1968 file photo, members of the rock group Jefferson Airplane pose in San Francisco. From left are, Marty Balin, lead singer, songwriter and founder, Grace Slick, vocalist, Spencer Dryden, drummer, Paul Kantner, electric guitar and vocalist, Jorma Kaukonen, lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter and Jack Casady, bass guitarist. (Image: AP)

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 In this December 1969 file photo, singer Janis Joplin performs with her group Big Brother and the Holding Company. On drums is Dave Getz. The Summer of Love in 1967 marked a turning point in rock and roll history: It introduced America to the exciting new sounds coming out of San Francisco's local music scene. There was the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, which launched Janis Joplin's career, and Country Joe and the Fish, a psychedelic rock band. (Image: AP)

In this December 1969 file photo, singer Janis Joplin performs with her group Big Brother and the Holding Company. On drums is Dave Getz. The Summer of Love in 1967 marked a turning point in rock and roll history: It introduced America to the exciting new sounds coming out of San Francisco's local music scene. There was the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, which launched Janis Joplin's career, and Country Joe and the Fish, a psychedelic rock band. (Image: AP)

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 In this Oct. 6, 1967 file photo, a group of hippies greets the sunrise with music from a hilltop in San Francisco, Calif. (Image: AP)

In this Oct. 6, 1967 file photo, a group of hippies greets the sunrise with music from a hilltop in San Francisco, Calif. (Image: AP)

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 In this June 21, 1967 file photo, people keep a large ball, painted to represent a world globe, in the air during a gathering at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, to celebrate the summer solstice on June 21, day one of 'Summer of Love.' City officials have rejected a permit for a planned free concert intended to mark the 50th anniversary of the famed Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park that had been planned for June 2017. (Image: AP)

In this June 21, 1967 file photo, people keep a large ball, painted to represent a world globe, in the air during a gathering at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, to celebrate the summer solstice on June 21, day one of 'Summer of Love.' City officials have rejected a permit for a planned free concert intended to mark the 50th anniversary of the famed Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park that had been planned for June 2017. (Image: AP)

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 In this Oct. 16, 1967, file photo, a man carries a guitar, a loaf of bread and a knapsack as he walks down the street away from the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. (Image: AP)

In this Oct. 16, 1967, file photo, a man carries a guitar, a loaf of bread and a knapsack as he walks down the street away from the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. (Image: AP)