The Time San Francisco Launched A Rock Music Revolution

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There was no more iconic year for San Francisco than 1967, dubbed by historians the “Summer of Love.” It helped cement the city’s reputation for embracing creativity, individuality, and change, no matter how radical. During those summer months, thousands of travelers swept into the city’s hippie enclaves to find themselves and create a better world for everyone. Dropping by Golden Gate Park at the end of Haight Street that year, you might have bumped into a young Janis Joplin or Jerry Garcia. Harvey Milk had not yet moved to the city, but gay men and lesbians were already establishing a beachhead. Stonewall was still two years away, but gay liberation got a major boost in ’67. Love meant love, no matter the gender expression. Throughout the 60s, San Francisco played host to countless music festivals and concerts that gave life to the ideals of the summer of love. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in 2017, we’ve come up with a list of some of the most notable music festivals of the era, including a few that continue to this very day (with tickets available for intrepid music lovers).
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10 Wild Milestones In The Twisted History Of San Francisco’s Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence

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Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence
You’ve probably seen them out and about, or maybe on TV: a group of strange nuns, manly and often bearded, covered in gems, feathers, polka dots, fur or any manner of strange decorations. They’re usually collecting money for a cause. They’re the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group that’s part-protest, part-performance, part-charity and 100% wonderful. The Sisters have been going strong for nearly 40 years. Here are a few of the most amazing moments in their history — and what they’re up to today.
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Bet You Don’t Know This About The Castro’s Fabulous New Sidewalks

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If you’ve been on San Francisco’s Castro Street in the past year, you’ve run into some sidewalk construction. Rest assured, it wasn’t in vain. The sidewalks are now wider and more pedestrian-friendly. The palm trees add greenery and decoration. The street lamps turn the street into a kind of dramatic stage set at night.
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