The Summer of Love

The program for September 23, 2017, offered a range of music dating from around the Summer of Love, fifty years ago.

First hour:

Artist Song Title Album (Label)
Joan Baez Of the Dark Past Baptism (Vanguard)
Tracy Nelson and Mother Earth Down So Low The Best of... (Reprise)
Joni Mitchell I Had a King Song to a Seagull (Reprise)
Styx River Ferry Seven Bridges Road Live in San Francisco 1966 (Westmill)
Allen Cohen* (spoken snippet) (online)
New Set
Unidentified KMPX DJ (snippet from 1967) (online)
Fred Neil Other Side to This Life Bleeker and MacDougal (Collector’s Choice)
Otis Redding (Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay The Dock of the Bay (Atlantic)
Lenore Kandel (poem, live at Winterland, November 1976) (online)
Michael McClure (sung poem, live at the Human Be-In) (online)
Tracy Nelson and Mother Earth Revolution (single, United Artists)
The Charlatans When I Go Sailin’ By The Charlatans (Philips)
The Youngbloods Grizzly Bear The Youngbloods (RCA)
Music Under Announcements
Alicia Bay Laurel and Ramón Sender Barayón Zither Meditation Songs for Being of the Sun (s/p)
Frumious Bandersnatch You Gotta Believe A Young Man’s Song (Big Beat)
Mad River High All the Time Mad River (Capitol)
The Golden Dawn Starvation Power Planet (International Artists)
The 13th Floor Elevators Levitation Easter Everywhere (Charly)
Grace Slick and the Great Society Somebody to Love Collector’s Item (Columbia)
Hour Break: Gary Snyder and Allen Ginsberg chanting at the Human Be-In

Second hour:

Artist Song Title Album (Label)
Tom Donahue with Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh (snippets from KMPX, April 1, 1967) (online)
Grateful Dead Cold Rain and Snow Grateful Dead (WB/Rhino)
Jefferson Airplane The Other Side of This Life Bless Its Little Pointed Head (RCA/BMG)
New Set
The Ace of Cups** Waller Street Blues It’s Bad for You but Buy It (Big Beat)
Big Brother & the Holding Company Featuring Janis Joplin All Is Loneliness Big Brother & the Holding Company (Mainstream)
Country Joe & the Fish Bass Strings Nuggets from the Golden State: the Berkeley EPs (Big Beat)
New Set
Ken Kesey (snippet) the movie Long Strange Trip (Amir Bar-Lev, Director)
Jefferson Airplane Watch Her Ride After Bathing at Baxter’s (RCA/BMG)
Quicksilver Messenger Service Light Your Window Quicksilver Messenger Service (Capitol)
New Set
Wavy Gravy and the Ace of Cups Basic Human Needs (promo)
Lowell Levinger (Banana) Hippie from Olema Get Together: Banana Recalls Youngbloods Classics (Grandpa Racoon)
New Set
Gary Snyder and Alan Watts (snippets from the Houseboat Summit, February 1967, which also included Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg) (online)
Diane di Prima Revolutionary Letter #19 (online)
The Incredible String Band Way Back in the 1960s The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion (Hannibal)
Sopwith Camel Hello Hello Sopwith Camel (Kama Sutra)
Kaleidoscope Keep Your Mind Open Pulsating Dreams (Floating World)
(faded under outro) Alicia Bay Laurel Waterwheel; Sky Blues Music from Living on the Earth (s/p)

A few good books I read for background:

Peter Coyote, Sleeping Where I Fall 3/e, Counterpoint, 2015

Stephen Gaskin, Monday Night Class, Revised & Annotated Edition, Book Publishing Company, 2005

Danny Goldberg, In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea, Akashic Books, 2017

Margaret Grundstein, Naked in the Woods: My Unexpected Years in a Hippie Commune, Oregon State University Press, 2015

Lenore Kandel, Collected Poems, North Atlantic, 2012

Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo, Daughters of Aquarius: Women of the Sixties Counterculture, University Press of Kansas, 2009

William Schnabel, Summer of Love and Haight, Le Diable Ermite, 2016

Abby Wasserman, “Sonoma’s Summer of Love,” Sonoma Magazine, July/August 2017

Michael Watts, Cal Winslow, Iain Boal, et al., West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California, PM Press, 2012

*Editor, San Francisco Oracle, during its heyday. The remarkable artist Michael Bowen was its art director. He was also the main organizer of the Human Be-In. The entire run of The Oracle is available in paperback and as a CD-ROM.

**Of the members of the Ace of Cups, Denise Kaufman has a striking web site of her own now.