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The Grateful Dead House in Haight Ashbury, occupied by the legendary band in the mid-sixties, is located just minutes from the Metro Hotel at 710 Ashbury Street.
Fans make the pilgrimage from all over the world to view this iconic home where Jerry Garcia and other band members lived from 1965 to 1968, including the famed 'Summer of Love' in 1967. After the Grateful Dead formed in 1965, their unique style of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, gospel, country, jazz and reggae came together in the style that is unique to this renowned group here. The band often played at the Fillmore Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom, and until the death of Jerry Garcia, often played impromptu gigs at local parks and venues.
The Haight hippy scene in the 60's was characterized by the youth movement, starting out as love, freedom and flower power, then moving into drugs and violence, as hippies demonstrated against the Vietnam War. Music of the Grateful Dead captured the sentiments of this period in history and remains a timeless representation of this tumultuous era. The Grateful Dead developed a cult following, with many “Deadheads” following the band across the country.
This three-story Victorian house is a privately owned, not a museum. Still, a trip to San Francisco would be incomplete without a drive past this historical residence.
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