FREE

FREE

A lot of the rampant free expression really was free, as in no cost to you. A guiding principle of hippie life, at least at the start, was that you shared what you had. In the beginning, the Bay Area bands professed and lived those downright upright values. They were...
MUSICAL ROOTS OF SAN FRANCISCO ROCK BANDS

MUSICAL ROOTS OF SAN FRANCISCO ROCK BANDS

  By 1966, rock bands began playing in large public arenas, starting with Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco and then moving on to the Fillmore and Avalon Ballrooms and Winterland. Many believed that San Francisco Bay Area rock bands played “acid rock” as...
THE BRITISH INVASION OF SAN FRANCISCO

THE BRITISH INVASION OF SAN FRANCISCO

When the British invaded the USA for the second time with the Beatles leading the charge, they occupied my home in the form of a girl who embodied all the most desirable and fashionable things from across the ocean blue. The daughter of a war buddy of my father’s,...
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL

LIBERATING EDUCATION Improvement makes strait roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius. —William Blake March 25, 1962 Berkeley students were let out of school to attend the annual U.C. Berkeley Charter Day at the football stadium. President...
WILL YOU STILL NEED ME IN 1964

WILL YOU STILL NEED ME IN 1964

I don’t think you can survive as a human being without some music in your life. I don’t think it’s a hobby or a frill. It’s a necessity. It doesn’t have to be presented by experts and geniuses. —Barbara Dane, to the author The year after I pledged my undying devotion...