Summer of Love: The Inside Story of LSD, Rock & Roll, Free Love, and High Times in the Wild West

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Cooper Square Press, 1999 - Music - 376 pages
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In the late 1060s and early 1970s, the West Coast, particularly San Francisco, was the epicenter of rock music. Culled from more than 200 interviews with all the major players, including Jerry Garcia, Grace Slick, David Crosby, and Steve Miller, Summer of Love is the definitive book about the Psychedelic Era. Selvin provides an uncensored look at the acid-laced jam sessions, bacchanal parties, crimes of passion, run-ins with ruthless promoters and lawmen, overdoses, rivalries, deaths, and, of course, the music. Filled with never-before-told stories of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Janis Joplin, Country Joe and the Fish, Creedance Clearwater Revival, and non-musicians like Bill Graham and Ken Kesey, this book presents an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic portrait of a crucial era in American music.

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SUMMER OF LOVE: The Inside Story of LSD, Rock & Roll, Free Love and High Times in the Wild West

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Selvin has provided an authoritative account full of rich details (sometimes too many) of the San Francisco music scene from 1965 to 1971. Armed with material from archives, nearly a hundred taped ... Read full review

Summer of love: the inside story of LSD, rock & roll, free love, and high times in the wild West

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Journalist Selvin (Monterey Pop, Chronicle, 1992) offers a popularized history of acid rock. Basing his account on interviews with such musicians as Jerry Garcia and Grace Slick, he chronologically ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Joel Selvin, pop music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1972, is the author of Ricky Nelson and Monterey Pop. He lives in San Francisco.

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