The Spirit of '67: Portsmouth’s Summer of Love and its Legacy
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This exhibition, by Dave Allen, is hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at Portsmouth Guildhall. It marks the 50th anniversary of the so-called ‘Summer of Love’ with a particular focus on Portsmouth in the late 1960s, and the legacy of those interesting times. The familiar histories tell tales of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, swinging London, and young people with flowers in their hair and bells around their necks travelling in their thousands to join the hippies at San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district.
The histories of those times often tell us that after the explosion of colour and new sounds in 1967, the following year’s revolutionary spirit became more political and less peaceful, leading to some terrible events in the immediate aftermath (examples are Altamont, Manson and Kent State). In the hippie movie Easy Rider, Captain America (Peter Fonda) confesses “We blew it”. In contrast, this show reveals a different, more positive view of the Summer of Love legacy, celebrating the best of the spirit of 1967.
The Spirit of ‘67 show is part of an ongoing exhibition programme hosted by the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) at the University of Portsmouth in partnership with Portsmouth Cultural Trust at Portsmouth Guildhall.
Dave Allen’s book, Autumn of Love: How the Swinging Sixties & the Counterculture came to Portsmouth (Moyhill Publishing) is available from Waterstones or the Guildhall reception.
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* 10am – 4pm weekdays.