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The sound of San Francisco? The Grateful Dead, urban hippies and the memory of the 60s

Hill, Sarah ORCID: 2008. The sound of San Francisco? The Grateful Dead, urban hippies and the memory of the 60s. Presented at: 29th Annual Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association, Albuquerque, NM, 13-16 February 2008.

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From 1965 until the close of the decade the San Francisco Bay Area was home to a popular music that fused folk, country and rock with philosophy, anarchy and acid. The bands that were on the forefront of the scene – the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Moby Grape – did not necessarily share musical style or values, but they shared a sense of honor and duty to their community, whatever their drug of choice. And this movement did not go long unnoticed. When the Haight became the destination for thousands of seekers in the summer of 1967 the message of the community, and the medium of that message, changed. By drawing on recent interviews with members of the ‘original’ Haight-Ashbury community I will explore the ways in which the spirit of San Francisco was enacted on either side of of the city’s ‘Summer of Love’, and the ways in which that spirit was perpetuated and codified in the early-1970s studio recordings of the Grateful Dead.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Additional Information: Grateful Dead Caucus
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2023 02:32

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