Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Birth of the Summer of Love

This weekend in 1967, the three-day Monterey Pop Festival in California began. The festival saw the first major US appearances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Also on the bill: The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, The Steve Miller Band, Canned Heat, The Mamas And The Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield and The Electric Flag.

John Phillips, of The Mamas and The Papas, would later write ‘San Francisco’ (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) about the festival.

Tickets cost $3.50–6.50 and all of the proceeds went to charity, because the artists agreed to perform for free.

I would have been there with a flower in my hair along with the other 200,000 people that the festival attracted over the long weekend.