Flower Children of San Francisco: 18 Photos of Haight Street Hippies, San Francisco in 1967

Ian Smith

John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas wrote the song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” for his friend Scott McKenzie to promote both the Monterey Pop Festival that Phillips was helping to organise.Released on May 13, 1967, the song’s lyrics urged visitors to San Francisco to “wear some flowers in your hair”, in keeping with the festival’s billing as “three days of music, love, and flowers”:

If you’re going to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you’re going to San Francisco
You’re gonna meet some gentle people there

The song was a popular hit, reaching number 4 on the music chart in the United States and number 1 in the United Kingdom and most of Europe, and became an unofficial anthem for hippies, flower power and the flower child concept.

Haight Street Hippies, San Francisco in 1967 (10)

 

Haight Street Hippies, San Francisco in 1967 (11)

 

Haight Street Hippies, San Francisco in 1967 (12)

 

Haight Street Hippies, San Francisco in 1967 (13)

 

Haight Street Hippies, San Francisco in 1967 (14)

 

Haight Street Hippies, San Francisco in 1967 (15)

 

Haight Street Hippies, San Francisco in 1967 (16)

After the January 14, 1967 Human Be-In organized by artist Michael Bowen (among other things, announcements told participants to bring flowers),as many as 100,000 young people from all over the world flocked to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district, Berkeley, and other Bay Area cities during the Summer of Love. in search of different value systems and experiences. The Summer of Love became a watershed event in the development of a worldwide 1960s counterculture when newly recruited Flower Children returned home at the end of the summer, taking with them new styles, ideas, and behaviors and introducing them in all major U.S. and Western European cities.

 

Haight Street Hippies, San Francisco in 1967 (17)

 

Haight Street Hippies, San Francisco in 1967 (18)

In his book, Prometheus Rising, the philosopher Robert Anton Wilson suggested that the Flower Children could be viewed in Jungian terms as a collective social symbol representing the mood of friendly weakness.n 1995, The Sekhmet Hypothesis extended Wilson’s idea into other pop cultural trends with other youth movements being compared to the moods of hostile weakness, friendly strength and hostile strength