The Rise and Fall of the Summer of Love

A collection of objects showing the anti-establishment message that defined the burgeoning counterculture movement as seen through the music and poetry that came out of the Summer of Love. The summer of 1967 was the beginning of the popularization of the anti-establishment, which was embodied by the artistic creativity of its members. The movement begins with a carefree, peaceful atmosphere but the rising drug culture of the time eventually ascends to greater prominence. The use of psychedelic drugs not only by the members of the counterculture, but also by the artists producing the soundtrack of the Summer of Love helps define the mood and tone of the time. While the counterculture began with idealistic thoughts of love and peace, the ultimate lack of direction and productivity made the Summer of Love an idealistic escape that turned into a drug-induced nightmare, instead of a legitimate social movement that led to wipespread cultural change.

Credits

Luke Myer