PBS celebrates SF’s Summer of Love tonight, 40 years late

Doc filmmakers Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco bust out the archival footage of the Haight Ashbury tonight at 9 pm on KQED to examine the impact of the heady & hazy daze of yesteryear. Says Dolgin of reasons for focusing on the city in ’67 “San Francisco, in 1967, seemed like mecca, the center of a visionary new society, one that rejected war, hatred, conformity and money. The Haight Ashbury, for a brief period, was the playing field for a new way of life.”

Summer of Love survivors like actor and former Digger Peter Coyote, the indescribable Willie Brown, SF Chron’s dinosaur rock writer Joel Selvin and others are heard from as well as narration provided by M.A.S.H 4077 survivor David Ogden Stiers. Other locals behind the scene in the mix include footage from Stephen Parr’s Oddball Film & Video, and Les Blank’s Flower Films.

“American Experience : Summer of Love” airs tonight at 9 p.m, and for those with insomnia, again on Wed, Apr 25th, @ 3:00 am and click the pic below anytime after the premiere date to watch the entire program online

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