American Experience presents Summer of Love, a striking picture of San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district during the summer of -- from the utopian beginnings, when peace and love prevailed, to the chaos, unsanitary conditions, and widespread drug use that ultimately signaled the end. Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco Daughter from Danang examine the social and cultural forces that sparked the largest migration of young people in America's history.
The Haight Ashbury, for a brief period, was the playing field for a new way of life. Some people came in because of the appeal of the music. Some people came in because they were angry and scared about the draft and the war.
But once you were in that vortex, once you were in that swirling miasma of social and personal change, all the doors were open. Love, personal growth, mysticism, community, and authenticity were at the core of the experimental society. The media flocked to the event, putting hippies in the national spotlight for the first time. And once the press offered a window into the world of Haight Ashbury, even more young people flooded in.
The new arrivals were looking to "turn on, tune in, and drop out," the popular refrain that invited people to an existential experience courtesy of LSD. The Grateful Dead became the poster children for a generation, offering free concerts to anyone who wanted to listen.
The music coming out of Haight Ashbury only served to draw more young people to the movement. Free clinics and soup kitchens served the massive population, estimated to be from fifty thousand to one hundred thousand at its peak.
The Haight soon became a caricature of its idealistic beginnings, as shops catered to souvenir-hungry tourists and weekend hippies. College students with no intention of "dropping out" took on hippie personas for the summer. Hundreds of young runaways wandered the streets aimlessly.
For many, the center of the counterculture no longer seemed a shimmering wonderland. By fall, the numbers began to drop as precipitously as they had grown. The Summer of Love was a fleeting moment in the turbulent history of the s.
But its underlying message left an indelible impression on those who witnessed it. And I think in some ways we succeeded. Hope to upload a related documentary later this week once I find the time to create some screenshots as requested the last time I upped something.. I don't think screenshots are 'required' I just do it to give some kind of 'sample' as to the video quality, ratio, etc.
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