Summer of Love


Joan Didion

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

In her transformative essay from 1967, Joan Didion takes a closer look at the dark side of the Haight-Ashbury counterculture during the Summer of Love.



Intersection of Ashbury and Haight in 1967

Love and Haight: The 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

In her transformative essay from 1967, Joan Didion takes a closer look at the dark side of the Haight-Ashbury counterculture during the Summer of Love.



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Joe College Is Dead: The Root of Student Unrest in the 1960s

College students in the 1960s were in many ways and for many reasons vastly different from the students of any previous generation.



The Supremes

Was the Pop Music of the 1960s the Most? Or Just a Mess?

Pop music in the 1960s baffled many parents, who expected it to be a passing fad. In this 1967 article, Alfred Aronowitz explained how the rock music business was suffering growing pains but wasn’t going away.



Lips

The Psychedelic Poster Craze of the 1960s

In the 1960s, poster making took off as both an art form and a business as young people began using them for decoration – and the poster makers of San Francisco were happy to comply.



Girl Dancing

Drugs on Campus: Why Marijuana Use Surged in the 1960s

By the 1960s, illicit drug use – especially marijuana and LSD – had proliferated on college campuses. Here, a recent college graduate describes the phenomenon and the philosophical and legal clashes it caused.



Burning Draft Card

‘Hell, No, We Won’t Go!’: Protesting the Vietnam Draft in 1968

Opposition to the Vietnam War triggered a magnitude of draft resistance not seen since the Civil War. In 1968, Bill Davidson examined the effects of the draft and the internal struggle of thousands of young men who were called to serve.


Publishing June 26, 2017

Truth as a Possibly Illegal and Addictive Substance

This excerpt from Gerard Vanderleun’s “Ceremonies of the Horsemen” takes place in a universe where drugs are the currency, The Revolution is over (kids won!), and the coolest of cool behavior is to “go with the flow.”