The Summer Of Love: The Inside Story of LSD, Rock & Roll, Free Love and the High Times in the Wild West
Author: Joel Selvin
Publication date: 1994
Some later editions have a quote from Garcia on the front cover: 'If you want to know how the San Francisco music scene developed, Joel tells you.'
Based on hundreds of interviews with key figures The Summer Of Love documents the period from the formation of the Charlatans in the Summer of 1965 to the disintegration of the Bay Area scene and the closing of the Fillmore in Summer 1971. The Dead, Airplane, Big Brother and QMS feature prominently throughout.
"In the late 1060s and early 1970s, the West Coast, particularly San Francisco, was the epicenter of rock music. Culled from more than 200 interviews with all the major players, including Jerry Garcia, Grace Slick, David Crosby, and Steve Miller, Summer of Love is the definitive book about the Psychedelic Era. Selvin provides an uncensored look at the acid-laced jam sessions, bacchanal parties, crimes of passion, run-ins with ruthless promoters and lawmen, overdoses, rivalries, deaths, and, of course, the music. Filled with never-before-told stories of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Janis Joplin, Country Joe and the Fish, Creedance Clearwater Revival, and non-musicians like Bill Graham and Ken Kesey, this book presents an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic portrait of a crucial era in American music."
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