“Something’s Happening Here” – The Summer of Love and the Birth of the Counterculture Commemorated 50 Years Later

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Denver, Colorado

Sunday, April 30

3:30-6:30 pm

The Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. Denver, CO 80203

RSVP.  Donations welcome.  

50  years ago this spring a collection of about 25 motley personalities representing different facets and community interests of the thriving Bohemian culture in San Francisco came together and formed what came to be known rather tendentiously as The Council for the Summer of Love.

The result was a gigantic “happening”, as they called it in those days, which went on until September.   Young people with long hair and funky dress gathered en masse in the Bay City’s Golden Gate Park on Sunday afternoons.  Some went naked and made love in public.  A whole new sound of rock music, pioneered by the SF-based group The Jefferson Airplane, splashed onto the scene.  Drugs, especially the mind-altering substance known as LSD or “acid”, was suddenly everywhere.  “Flower power” was the new watchword, as massive anti-Vietnam War protests now began to escalate.  The number one hit song that spring was “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” sung by Scott McKenzie.  The Sixties Counterculture was born.

Come join writer and publisher Josiah Hess, Sixties cultural historian Roger Green, Denver photographer Richard Peterson, and University of Denver professors Christina Foust and Carl Raschke for an evening of reminiscence and rediscovery of this iconic episode in our history as well as a conversation about its enduring significance for both self-reflection and activism in these tense and uncertain times.  Peterson and Raschke were actually there when it happened.

This is the kickoff event for CRI Hub.