"Love is all around me and so the feeling grows," sang the English rock band The Troggs, in 1967. "It's written on the wind, it's everywhere I go." The spirit of harmony and solidarity, which welledmore
"Love is all around me and so the feeling grows," sang the English rock band The Troggs, in 1967. "It's written on the wind, it's everywhere I go." The spirit of harmony and solidarity, which welled up that year in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district -- becoming the Summer of Love -- was so powerful that it rolled across the country and over the Atlantic, and still resonates today, 50 years later.
It wouldn't be the Summer of Love without free love, right? The Free the Love app is an AR app that enables you to catapult groovy peace balloons and messages of love into the sky for other users to discover. If you're in the Bay Area, you can also use the app's "Love Tour" to locate historic hippie locations.
Folksy protest music and mind-expanding rock and roll were everywhere in 1967, and you can hear much of it on Spotify. Check out the "Summer of Love" playlist as well as the remastered Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club album and Monterey International Pop Festival (Live) Deluxe Edition, both of which also celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.
From scripted films, such as The Trip, The Born Losers, Riot on the Sunset Strip, and The Love-Ins, to documentaries like Monterey Pop, Amazon Prime Video offers many of the films that captured the counterculture experience, back in 1967, for sale or rent.
Mind expansion was very in, in the "tune in, turn on, drop out" culture of 1967, so it's no wonder that Transcendental Meditation caught on after the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brought the mindfulness practice to the U.S. in the late '60s. The best meditation app on the market today is Headspace, and for $12.99 per month, you'll get myriad meditations to help with stress, anxiety, depression, and more.
Empty peace pipe? Turn to Leafly to find the nearest marijuana dispensary.
The Diggers, an anti-capitalist group of activists and street theatre actors operating in the Haight-Ashbury in 1967, provided free food to the hippies on a daily basis. Think of them when your munchies kick in and then turn to Hippie Lane, a $2.99 recipe app, filled with preparation instructions for 50+ mouthwatering treats that also happen to be nutritious.
Oldies Radio+ offers over 100 oldies stations, many centered on the '60s, for your aural pleasure.
Jocks were out, cooperative games were in, and none was more popular than Frisbee. The Frisbee Forever game app enables you to fly your flying disc further than you ever thought possible across 100 different tracks.
Of course there are other ways to expand one's mind, as Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick makes clear in "White Rabbit." "One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you, don't do anything at all," she sings. So if a pill of indeterminate origin falls into your hand and there's no Alice around to ask, check with Drugs.com before you do anything irresponsible. Drugs.com will help you identify a wide array of pills and check interactions with anything else you may be taking.
The Vietnam War may be over, but fights for civil rights, the environment, and more continue. If you want be involved but aren't sure how, turn to the Change.org app, support a cause, and sign a petition.
The Diggers brought radical theatre to the streets of San Francisco, back in 1967, and you can still find plenty of great theatre today, much of it still grappling with issues raised in the '60s. And you don't have to spend a lot of money to see it -- if you use TodayTix, which offers last-minute tickets at deep discounts.
Anyone can put a flower in their hair, as Scott McKenzie croons, in the anthemic "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)," but you'll need a green thumb or at least the Garden Compass app to grow them, yourself. With the app you'll be able to identify plants and receive care instructions to make sure they thrive.