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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is giving visitors the opportunity to explore the summer of 1967 in its newest exhibit, Summer of Love Turns 50, which opened June 21, the first day of summer.
Fifty years ago, in 1967, the epicenter of counterculture, the San Francisco neighborhood Haight-Ashbury, attracted young people by the thousands. Though an eclectic group, they often shared similar beliefs: experimentation, a rejection of consumerist values, peace, and a general opposition toward the Vietnam War. They also shared a passion for music. The Summer of Love Turns 50 exhibition will celebrate a time when musicians were looked to as a collective mouthpiece for a generation.
Visitors can experience rarely seen artifacts including:
In addition to the Museum’s exhibition, the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives (2809 Woodland Avenue) is showcasing a companion display of concert handbills featuring the visual artists who reflected the culture’s vibrancy. Find out more about the Summer of Love in the collections of the Library & Archives.
Alongside the Rock Hall’s Rolling Stone / 50 Years, the exhibition is part of the Rock Hall’s larger look back at the music and culture 1967. A variety of public programming options will provide communal experiences throughout the summer.
Summer of Love Turns 50 will be open through 2017.
"Songs cannot deal with a situation, they can only act as a kind of social commentary." - David Press, Folk Arts Society, 1968
As a complement to the Tri-C Common Reading Program, two exhibit cases in the Library & Archives Reading Room feature materials from our collections that support the themes of Bryan Stevenson's book Just Mercy. One case is devoted to folk music and protests; the other, rap and hip-hop. The Library & Archives also has a display of relevant library materials in the Reading Room, and a research guide related to the book's themes.
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