Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock and Roll

By Jill D'Alessandro, Colleen Terry, Victoria Binder, Dennis McNalley, Joel Selvin, and Ben Van Meter

In 1967, San Francisco was the heart of the vibrant counterculture scene that has become known as the Summer of Love. Published fifty years after this pivotal moment in history, Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock and Roll is an electrifying tribute to the artists of that time—and a hopeful reminder that significant political and social change is possible when people lift their voices and stand together.


Jill D’Alessandro is curator of costume and textile arts, The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Her recent publications include Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave (2011) and Lines on the Horizon: Native American Art from the Weisel Family Collection (2013).

Colleen Terry is an assistant curator, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She is the author of Artful Animals (2013), and has contributed to such catalogues as Jewel City: Art from San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition (2015) and Ed Ruscha and the Great American West (2016).

Victoria Binder is an associate paper conservator, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She has published articles in numerous art conservation journals.

Dennis McNally is a cultural historian who specializes in the bohemian fringes of American culture. His previous books include Desolate Angel (1979), A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead (2001), and On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom (2014).

Joel Selvin is a writer who has covered pop music for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1970. He has authored fourteen books, including Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day (2016).

Ben Van Meter is a photographer, filmmaker, and light show artist. He taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, and, with John J. Lyons, has written a photographic memoir Rebirth of a Nation.

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