(All Photos: Michael Bitsoff)
In June, 1967 “The Summer of Love” came to represent over 100,000 young people descending on San Francisco, California as part of the counter-culture. They opposed establishment, the government, the United States involvement in The Vietnam War, and advocated drugs and sex to escape this “repression”. What wasn’t largely reported were the tragic overdoses and instances of drug-induced rapes and violence. By 1975, with The Vietnam War having ended, the hippie culture died with it.
Timothy Leary, an American psychologist coined the phrase “Turn on, tune in, and drop out as an advocate for the use of LSD. He died in 1996.
A lyric of the Scott McKenzie hit song.
The famous intersection headquarters that became (and remains) a haven for the homeless. By the end of 1967, many young people returned home sick and penniless.
Singer Janis Joplin died of a drug overdose of heroin at age 27.
Two Guitarists: Brian Jones, a member of The Rolling Stone died in 1969 followed the next year by Jimi Hendrix. Drugs were a factor.