1967 Human Be-In

untitledLike the Greenwich villiage in New York, Haight-Ashbury in San Fancisco became a cultural mecca for the Hippie movement. In 1967, The Mamas & the Papas came out with the telling song “if you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.” In June, the Monterrey Pop festival took place, attracting artists such as Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and Jimi Hendrix. 100,000 young people flocked to the Haight, creating a community centered around music, art, free love, and just being. Announced on the cover of the first edition of the counter-culture zine: The San Francisco Oracle, the “Gathering of the Tribes” or “Human Be-In” took place in Golden Gate Park. Nearly 30,000 people came together, including all of the major figures of the psychedelic counter-culture (Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Richard Akpert, Dick Greagory, Leanore Kandel, and Jerry Ruben). The Diggers provided free food for the crowds. One band to play was the Quicksilver Messenger Service. Their song “What About Me” captures the revolutionary spirit of the time: by-Eugene-Anthony1

“You poisoned my sweet water, You cut down my green trees, The food you fed my children, Was the cause of their disease, My world is slowly fallin’ down, And the airs not good to breathe, And those of us who care enough, We have to do something, Oh, oh, what you gonna do about me? Oh, oh, what you gonna do about me? Your newspapers, they just put you on, They never tell you the whole story, They just put your young ideas down I was wonderin’ could this be the end Of your pride and glory? Oh, oh, what you gonna do about me? Oh, oh, what you gonna do about me? I work in your factory, I study in your schools, I fill your penitentiaries, And your military too, And I feel the future trembling, As the word is passed around, If you stand up for what you do believe, Be prepared to be shot down, Oh, oh, what you gonna do about me? Oh, oh, what you gonna do about me? slide_256953_1643425_freeAnd I feel like a stranger, In the land where I was born, And I live like an outlaw, An’ I’m always on the run, An I’m always getting busted, And I got to take a stand, I believe the revolution, Must be mighty close at hand, Oh, oh, what you gonna do about me? Oh, oh, what you gonna do about me? I smoke marijuana, But I cant get behind your wars, And most of what I do believe, Is against most of your laws, I’m a fugitive from injustice, But I’m goin’ to be free, Cause your rules and regulations, They don’t do the thing for me, Oh, oh, what you gonna do about me? Oh, oh, what you gonna do about me? And I feel like a stranger, In the land where I was born, And I live just like an outlaw, An’ I’m always on the run” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBvjXhUSUpU


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