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June 30, 2007

The Summer of Love East Coast Style: Boomer Memories

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The Summer of Love East Coast Style: Boomer Memories
Saturday, June 30, 2007

My mother once said, after hearing I had waited on line two days for Rolling Stones tickets, "Someday this will embarrass you." What she meant, I suppose, was that someday almost everything we thought, felt, or did back then would embarrass all of us. She might have had a point. So often articles I read about the sixties have a self-deprecating air, as if at the time our antics--you know, war protests, campus demonstrations, love-ins, acid trips--seemed so important and now seem, well, silly.

Mark Jacobson's article in New York Magazine has some of that same tone. But it certainly brought back memories. New York did have its own gritty version of the Summer of Love. The city did not join hands and offer up a collective round of Kumbaya, but the muggy air was electric with change, conflict, potential, and the occasional cloud of marijuana smoke. As usual, Jacobson's writing is literate, muscular, and pretty much spot-on.


Posted on June 30, 2007 10:04 AM


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I wore a suit to work that summer because I had a job as a bank teller. I felt pretty picked on on account of it. I turned 21 in June of that year and didn't get to attend the "events." But most of us are still listening to the music.

As for embarrassment about any of it...nah. Tell me exactly how we looked worse or more ridiculous than the current crowd of pierced and tattooed youth.

Posted by: Pete on July 3, 2007 10:39 AM

The big difference was...we all smiled for the most part. The songs were fun and the times were great. Just try to do something you did in 1968 today and see what happens. I wouldn't change anything about the 1960s - other then the DI in basic!

Posted by: Denny Farrell on July 7, 2007 2:03 PM

What I remember most is the passion (personal, political, and party). We had something to stand for; something to inspire us. For the most part, we'd had an education.

I am sad we Boomers can't seem to bring back some of that progressive spirit for the youth of today. The future is theirs now, and all they generally seem to have a passion for is gadgets, and procreation.

Posted by: Firinn on July 8, 2007 3:10 PM

Good grief. You worked at a bank? I hitch-hiked to San Francisco with my friend Lynn and her boyfriend. What in the world did you all do? Am I the only crazy one who actually did all that 60's stuff?

Posted by: Tina Weha on July 24, 2007 4:33 AM

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