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Summer of Love's 50th anniversaryThey came for the music, the mind-bending drugs, to resist the Vietnam War and 1960s American orthodoxy, to smoke pot or simply to escape summer boredom. This season marks the 50th anniversary of that "Summer of Love," when throngs of American youth descended on San Francisco to join a cultural revolution.Thinking back on 1967, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir recalls a creative explosion that sprouted from fissures in American society. That summer marked a pivot point in rock'n'roll history, he says, but it was about much more than the music.One thing the anniversary makes clear is that what happened here in the 1960s could never happen in San Francisco today, simply because struggling artists can't afford to live here.The Grateful Dead shared a spacious Ashbury Street Victorian.McNally has curated "On the Road to the Summer of Love," an exhibition at the California Historical Society that explains how that epic summer came about and why San Francisco was its inevitable home.
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