As I gear up for the fast approaching 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, I will be highlighting some very cool new books to add to your library.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a fascination with the year 1967. On June 18th, at the apex of the Summer of Love, Jimi Hendrix culturally ‘defined’ that year when he burned his guitar onstage at the Monterey Pop Festival in California. As far as I can calculate, adjusting for time zone, I came into this world at that exact moment. I could never prove this fact but I am going to run with it.
A new book, 1967: A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love, via Sterling Publishing chronologically by month documents that famous festival and many other happenings, bands, and releases of one of the most pivotal years in music. Like it’s equally excellent companion book Psychedelia, this coffee table sized offering is generously illustrated to help tell the narrative of 1967, where first hand accounts from the people who were actually there bring the events in focus.
What’s the famous quote about the Sixties? “If you remember, you really weren’t there?” This book goes a long way to help dispel that. Luckily for us who weren’t there (well, technically I was), we can now ‘remember.’