Summer of Love Turns 50 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Summer of Love Turns 50

OPENED: June 21, 2017

CLOSEd: MAY 12, 2019


Explore the summer of 1967.

Fifty years ago, 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:

  • Jimi Hendrix’s purple velvet jacket and recording console used for his “Summer of Love” recordings
  • A guitar played by Ron “Pigpen” McKernan of the Grateful Dead
  • Clothing worn by Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas
  • Iconic concert posters from The Fillmore, Avalon Ballroom and others
  • Original artwork by Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane

In addition to our exhibition, the Rock Hall’s Library & Archives will showcase a companion display of concert handbills featuring the visual artists who reflected the culture’s vibrancy.

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.

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