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San Francisco Music Scene

The city of San Francisco served as a magnet for musicians, artists and social rebels in the mid-to-late Sixties. They created a counterculture bound by leftist politics, hallucinogenic drugs, tribal spirit and music. San Francisco had long been a literary bohemia, attracting nonconformists like the Beat Generation writers of the Fifties. It was logical that a city as free-thinking as San Francisco would give birth to a radical new movement in rock and roll. "There was a community in need of music, and music in need of a community," explained Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. The word "psychedelic" was applied ...

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Somebody To Love

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