"The San Francisco Recreation and Park Permits Department has given us August 27th in Sharon Meadows, Golden Gate Park, for the “Summer of Love 50th Concert”, which we agreed to.
The city has realized the importance of this event and we’ve promised to fulfill all obligations and criteria required to make this event safe and well produced. Our “40th Anniversary Summer of Love” production was so successful that former Mayor Gavin Newsom issued an official PROCLAMATION.
We love San Francisco, most of us grew up in the city while others have lived the majority of their lives here. We are proud to call ourselves San Franciscans and we want our city to be proud of this event. This event is seen worldwide as a beacon of light standing for individual rights, peace, love and compassion.
We wish to thank all of the people who have been waiting for this event, those who stood behind us when things were rough and most of all we wish to thank the city for allowing this event to happen."
There are moments in time when a word or thought has such power it changes history; a generation so involved in the moment it becomes unstoppable; a spiritual awakening so profound that its very conception shatters perceptions, halts the world and makes people from all nations take notice.
It began with a simple four-letter word
In the 1960s this word became synonymous with a generation and city called San Francisco. It was a concept, a belief deep in the hearts of all who were there (and those who wished they were).
It began with Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters and their bus “Furthur”, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the Beat Generation. They gathered in places like North Beach, Haight Ashbury, and in cities like Palo Alto, Berkeley, Seattle, Portland, New York and L.A. These pockets of counter-cultural, anti-establishment individuals questioned authority and their surroundings while searching for the real meaning of life and deeper truths. These small communities of like-minded individuals and their “families” of communal creativity focused on poetry, art, folk music, jazz, and rock ’n roll, demanding to be free of societal restrictions, restraints and hang-ups.