‘The Summer of Love': A Walk Down Memory Lane

It all began in 1967. That year, summer for over 100,000 people became more than just a vacation. It became a time to experiment with music, art, psychedelic drugs and sexual freedom. Summer of Love is considered to be by many the birth of counterculture and the hippie movement. It not only emphasized peace and love, but it inspired several pivotal movements of American history: The gay rights movement, the women's movement, the anti-war movement and much more. We take you on a trip back to 1967.

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Timothy Leary, center, leads some 15,000 people in a song at a "happening" in San Francisco in January 1967. Leary, a proponent of psychedelic drugs, told the crowd to "Turn on, tune in and drop out." The event was a prelude to the "Summer of Love," which brought the hippie experience into the American mainstream. (AP Photo)
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Allen Ginsberg, right and Timothy Leary, with back to camera, two leading figures in the counterculture movement of the 1960's are shown here at a "Human Be-In" at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Jan. 14, 1967. The event was a prelude to the "Summer of Love", which brought the hippie experience into the American mainstream. (AP Photo/Bob Klein)
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Timothy Leary addresses a crowd of hippies at the "Human Be-In" that he helped organize in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Calif., Jan. 14, 1967. Leary told the crowd to "Turn on, Tune in and Drop out". The event was a prelude to the "Summer of Love", which brought the hippie experience into the American mainstream (AP Photo/Bob Klein)
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The Grateful Dead playing in front of the audience at the Human Be In Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, on January 14, 1967. (Photo by Baron Wolman/Iconic Images/Getty Images)
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Three young people rest in the field at the Human Be In Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, on January 14, 1967. (Photo by Baron Wolman/Iconic Images/Getty Images)
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People march in protest against the Vietnam War, San Francisco, April 15, 1967. (Photo by Baron Wolman/Iconic Images/Getty Images)
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A band performs during the protest against Vietnam War, San Francisco, April 15, 1967. (Photo by Baron Wolman/Iconic Images/Getty Images)
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Two children hold a poster during the protest against Vietnam War, San Francisco, April 15, 1967. (Photo by Baron Wolman/Iconic Images/Getty Images)
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A crowd of hippies keep a large ball, painted to represent a world globe, in the air during a gathering at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Calif., to celebrate the summer solstice on June 21, 1967, day one of "Summer of Love." (AP Photo)
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Crowds of hippies gathers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, June 21, 1967, to celebrate the start of summer. Here they keep a large ball, painted to represent a world globe in the air. A cook-in is scheduled later in the afternoon. (AP Photo)
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Judy Smith, sporting face paint and flowers in her hair, smiles as she and others gather at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on June 21, 1967. The summer of 1967, also known as "The Summer of Love", refers to the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, where the hippie, counterculture movement came into public awareness. (AP Photo/Robert W. Klein)
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In this July 29, 1968 file photo, singer Janis Joplin performs at the Newport Folk Festival with her band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Joplin, who rose to fame during San Francisco's 1967 "Summer of Love," was 27 when she died of a drug overdose in 1970. (AP Photo, File)
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A 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 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair - but also bring your lawyer, because "Summer of Love" is now a registered trademark. (AP Photo)
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George Harrison, a member of the British pop group, the Beatles, pays a surprise visit to San Francisco's famed Haight-Ashbury hippy district, on Aug. 8, 1967. (AP Photo)
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In 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 Photo/File)
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A group of people carry a fake coffin during the ceremony of 'The Death of the Hippie', a mock funeral organised by Mary Kasper to signal the conclusion of the scene in the Haight Ashbury District of San Francisco, CA, on October 6, 1967. (Photo by Baron Wolman/Iconic Images/Getty Images)
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A large group of hippies greets the sunrise with music from a hilltop in San Francisco, Calif., on Oct. 6, 1967. (AP Photo)
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With the end of summer, the hippie colony of San Francisco, California, began breaking apart. The summer sport ended and far-off migrants packed up and moved on to warmer climates. To celebrate the dwindling population and proclaiming "Death of the Hippies" those remaining staged a mock funeral and three-day wake for the movement's end. Here, carrying a "dead' hippie and carrying a huge symbolic coffin filled with the creativeness of the area residents, the group remaining moved down the Haight -Ashbury district, their home.( AP Photo/ Ernest K. Bennett)
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