Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Human Be-In

1967 Timothy Leary, Jerry Rubin, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Dick Gregory, Richard Alpert (later called Baba Ram Dass), Gary Snyder and others attended the first 'Human Be-In' in a park in San Francisco, USA, one of the big events of the 'Summer of Love'.
Among the performers were The Grateful Dead and The Jefferson Airplane (later called Starship). Estimates of numbers in attendance range wildly from 20,000 to 300,000 (estimate in Ringolevio by Emmett Grogan). Leary, in his first San Francisco appearance, uttered the sound bite of the decade: "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out".

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