Community and History
Excerpts of the multimedia CD-ROM released in 1996, featuring interviews, video clips, light shows, poster art, 1000s of photos, original music, graphic design by Alton Kelley, and narration by Allen Cohen and Raechel Donahue. Produced by Tony Bove for Rockument.
Preserves and presents the history of the anarchist guerilla street theater group that challenged the emerging Counterculture of the 1960s and whose actions and ideals inspired (and continue to inspire) a generation (of all ages) to create models of Free Association. For many people, the Diggers epitomized the 1960s Haight-Ashbury experience. For some, they were its heart and conscience.
Founded in 1967 by Dr. David Smith. The doctors who work there believe that health care is a right, not a privilege. It should be free at the point of delivery, and it should be comprehensive, nonjudgmental, demystified, and humane. Rock Med is but one of their wonderful projects.
Responsible for some of the legendary shows of the Sixties in San Francisco at the Avalon Ballroom and as recently as 2005, such as the Chet Helms Tribute. The Family Dog included legendary concert producer Chet Helms.
Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, and the Merry Pranksters
Carry on Furthur with an on-going Acid Test in cyberspace. You are either on the net or off the net. Never trust a Prankster!
No hippie list would be complete without the clown conscience of the Sixties, a funny man Lenny Bruce described as “a perfect entertainer”, one of the main forces behind the Hog Farm, Camp Winnarainbow, the PigNic, and countless invaluable benefits and fund-raisers. His main charity cause is the Seva Foundation.
Ginsberg and Leary will be remembered as two of America’s greatest counterculture heroes.
Includes interviews, photos, art, and news of the celebration that occurred on Sept. 28, 2007 in Golden Gate Park.
The San Francisco Oracle, true to its name, was one of the first underground papers, and it spread the word of change throughout the hip community. By Allen Cohen. The Facsimile Edition of the S. F. Oracle includes reproductions of every single S.F. Oracle that appeared, including the P.O. Frisco issue which appeared before issue 1.
A comprehensive essay on art and architecture, fads and fashion, historic events and technology, music, theatre, film, radio, and television of the 1960s that help give birth to Flower Power. By Hubert Cumberdale.
This site is a cornucopia of info on the history of San Francisco and the Haight. Dig it and dig in — you won’t know where to start! Also check out their trippy graphics-packed homepage.
Find some 70s costume ideas with this collection.
By Ed Stephan, who roomed with Sam Andrew of Big Brother and hung out with Dan O’Neill, the cartoonist. It has just about every Haight-Ashbury point of interest you might care to visit.
By Jay Moore, offers news and a variety of links to sites dedicated to left-wing and progressive issues.
Random advice and hippy values, for ages 12 to adult.
Tie-dyeing for over 22 years, these folks developed a resource site for tie-dye artists and Web authors.
Musicians and Artists
Maintained by the Grateful Dead and offers CDs and other merchandise, news about former band members and the Dead community, the Deadfile, Terrapin Station, the Robert Hunter archive, info on the Rex Foundation, and much more. Founding band members: Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Pig Pen, and Bob Weir. Lyricists included Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow. Keyboardists included Tom Constanten, Keith Godchaux, Brent Mydland, and Vince Welnick. See also:
Rockument’s history includes a special video interview of the Grateful Dead in 1967 at their house, 710 Ashbury, in the Haight-Ashbury. Illustrated with original collages by Alton Kelley.
By Allen Cohen, a poem written on Aug. 9, 1995. Jerry, may the four winds blow you safely home.
The most popular of the San Francisco Haight-Ashbury bands was the first to have a hit record (in 1966). The group included Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Skip Spence replaced (after one album) by Spencer Dryden, and Signe Toly Anderson replaced (after one album) by Grace Slick.
Barry Melton (the Fish)
Lead guitarist for Country Joe and the Fish. I saw Barry lead the Dinosaurs back in the 1980s (an ad-hoc band of ex-Quicksilver, ex-Airplane, and ex-Charlatans folks), and he is awesome on stage.
In support of world peace, this picture of our planet encircled by its true flag the rainbow was sent to us; feel free to copy it.
A novel about a freak-out, with Orange Sunshine personified in a flower child who, in the midst of making sense of what’s happening to her generation, gets kidnapped by the CIA and turned into a deadly double-agent.
Started as a radio program decades ago on maverick station KDNA, Changes knows that energy follows attention.
By Allen Cohen, poet and editor of the S.F. Oracle.