Relive the summer of love -- These events will help you commemorate psychedelic music

By Clark Collis
June 15, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

There is no shortage of reasons to break out your stash…of patchouli oil! New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art is hosting an exhibit, Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era, while Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame pays homage to Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, and the Doors. ”They found a lot of pictures of Jim Morrison when he was young,” says the latter’s Robby Krieger, who adds, with a laugh, that the live-for-today Morrison ”probably would have thought it was ridiculous.”

Ex-Monkee Peter Tork is on tour this summer with his Shoe Suede Blues band. Bob Weir and RatDog are also hitting the road, making a stop at the Gathering of the Vibes festival in Bridgeport, Conn., Aug. 9 — 12. Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service are on a ”Summer of Love 40th Anniversary” trek that peaks at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in central California (site of the 1967 fest), July 28 — 29, where they will be joined by members of Moby Grape. ”[Our old] songs seem to apply more and more, given the circumstances we’re in as a nation,” says Starship guitarist Paul Kantner. ”Come to our show, and I hope to exhilarate you with the mystery of music!”

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