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Series about the countercultural explosion that was 1967's Summer of Love. How ideas, music and lifestyles from Asia, Europe and the American left became entwined in California.

The first episode looks at how ideas, music and lifestyles from Asia, Europe and the American left became entwined in California. It traces the roots of the hippies back to a 19th-century German sect of wandering naturalists called Lebensreform, who brought their freethinking ideas about nature to California after the Second World War. There, they merged with a growing interest in eastern mystical concepts of human nature imported to America by maverick British thinkers like Aleister Crowley and Aldous Huxley. Add to this mix a wonder drug called LSD, first developed by the CIA, and a wave of student activists and anti-war protesters agitating for revolution, and you have the astonishing story of how these forces came together to give birth to the Summer of Love in San Francisco, 1967.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 28 Jul 2018 22:00


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:03

    The Zombies

    Time Of The Season

  • 00:05

    Jefferson Airplane


  • 00:06

    Scott McKenzie

    San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)

  • 00:07

    Nat King Cole

    Nature Boy

  • 00:12

    Eric Burdon

    San Franciscan Nights

  • 00:17

    It’s a Beautiful Day

    White Bird

  • 00:18

    Kula Shaker

    Infinite Sun

  • 00:20

    Pink Floyd


  • 00:26

    The Animals

    House Of The Rising Sun

  • 00:32

    The Temptations

    Ball Of Confusion

  • 00:33

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    All Along The Watchtower

  • 00:34

    Curtis Mayfield

    Move On Up

  • 00:38


    Samba Pa Ti

  • 00:41

    Jefferson Airplane

    White Rabbit

  • 00:47

    The Electric Prunes

    I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)

  • 00:50

    Grateful Dead

    I Know You Rider

  • 00:52

    Mike Bloomfield


  • 00:54

    Big Brother & The Holding Company

    Ball & Chain

  • 00:57

    The Who

    My Generation

  • 00:57

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience

    Wild Thing (Live at Monterey, 1967)


Role Contributor
Director Mike Connolly
Series Producer Mike Connolly
Executive Producer Emma Cahusac
Executive Producer Simon Chu
Production Company Erica Starling Productions