Thursday, January 14, 2010

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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Anonymous Anonymous said...

300,000???? Somebody's smoking something to come up with that. The cops estimated 20,000, but they always underestimated. Most of us were content with 40,000 being pretty accurate.

And while Leary did, in fact, utter his "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out" mantra, that was about ALL he had to say. Of all the people on stage that day, Leary was the most disappointing to me. I expected somne real words of wisdom, not just acid babble.

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