Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s
This tour includes landmarks of cultural history, including the homes of legendary musicians who lived in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood during the 1960s.
For a time in the late 1960s, the rock band Jefferson Airplane owned the mansion at 2400 Fulton Street, overlooking Golden Gate Park. The home was built in 1904 by a San Francisco lumber baron.
Among the many people who flocked to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district in the 1960s was the drifter and petty criminal Charles Manson. For a few months in 1967, the self-styled guru lived in the home on 636 Cole Street with some of the earliest members of his budding "family."
The Grateful Dead house was occupied by the legendary band Grateful Dead in the mid-sixties. Jerry Garcia and other band members lived at 710 Ashbury Street, at Waller near Haight Street, from 1965 to 1968, including the famed 'Summer of Love' in 1967. They were busted for drugs in 1967 and held a press conference at this house, arguing for decriminalization and claiming if everyone who smoked marijuana were arrested, San Francisco would be empty.
A stone's throw from the former homes of 1960s rock luminaries such as the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane is the former home of another rock legend, Jimi Hendrix. The apartment at 1524 Haight Street, still a private residence, was Hendrix's home for a few years in the 1960s.
Though rock legend Janis Joplin lived a rather nomadic existence and reportedly occupied several residences in San Francisco, there is only one that can be documented: 122 Lyon Street, #3. Joplin lived at this residence in 1967 and lived here with a roomate, and for a short time, musician Country Joe McDonald also stayed at this residence while he and Joplin dated. The home is privately owned and no tours are available.