It's been 53 years since the summer of 1967, dubbed the "Summer of Love." Since there are no words that can really evoke the vibe of that summer, we figured we'd set the scene with a playlist and some of the best images. Discuss your favorite memories of the Summer or Love - or what you wish you'd been able to experience - in the comments!
AP ImagesAmerican rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix performing with The Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Monterey Pop Festival, California, USA, June 18, 1967.
AP ImagesTimothy Leary, bottom and Allen Ginsberg, top, two leading figures in the counterculture movement of the 1960's are shown here at a
AP ImagesMembers of the hippie tribe Group Image are seen, one of them playing with three-year-old
AP ImagesA young barefoot woman examines a friend's necklace during a festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park Aug. 8, 1967, during what became known as the Summer of Love. If you go to San Francisco for the 30th anniversary of the Summer of Love, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair - but also bring your lawyer, because
AP ImagesIn this Sept. 22, 1967, file photo, folk singer Joan Baez sits at the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco, serenading hippies and tourists. City officials have rejected a permit for a planned free concert intended to mark the 50th anniversary of the famed Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park that had been planned for June 2017.
AP ImagesRon Thelin, owner of the Psychedelic Shop, says the hippie movement is declining and nearly dead, 1967, San Francisco, Calif. Thelin points out inactivity in the Haight-Ashbury are so pronounced he's in the hole about $6,000. He plans to close the store on Oct. 5, 1967 and stage a three-day Death of a Hippie observance.
AP ImagesA large group of long-haired hippies greeted the sunrise, from the Haight-Ashbury district hilltop, beginning a three-day wake for the death of the hippie movement, October 6, 1967, San Francisco, Calif. Hippies have been pouring out of town. More are expected to go as San Franciscos chilly fall sets in. We could use some bad weather to speed them on their way, one policeman observed. The people in this photo are unidentified.
AP ImagesA young hippie walks by the intersection of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco, Calif., on Oct. 10, 1970.
AP ImagesCarrying a loaf of bread, a guitar and a knapsack, a hippie walks down the street away from the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, Oct. 16, 1967. As the last of the summer weather moves out, so does the influx of young people that came in with it.