The Summer Of Love
Lyndy Saville

In 1967 an expressive, colourful musical force painted a backdrop of social change, fashion, love, turmoil and war. The world remembers the Summer of Love in 1967 as one of those moments when a unique and creative explosion of music and popular culture arrived in the UK and USA.

This one hour programme is driven by the soundtrack of the time, which kept the troops company in Vietnam, powered the Anti-War and Civil Rights movements, and opened the hearts and minds of baby boomers who had matured into teens. This special celebrates 1967 as a famous year full of music and change.  “Stick a flower in your hair and remember that you are Us not Them.”

Featuring contributions from:

Joe Boyd (Film & Music Producer and founder of the UFO Club in the 1960’s),
Bonnie Greer OBE (author and producer),
Johnny Walker (DJ on Radio Caroline) When government action forced the pirate stations to close in 1967, Walker was on the ship at midnight on 15 August 1967, addressing an estimated 20 million listeners. They said the “station belonged to the audience and that it would continue”.
George Lois (US art director for Esquire) famously worked with Mohammed Ali at the time Ali was banned from boxing following his position on the Vietnam War.

Additional contributions from:
Will Hodgkinson of The Times
Neil Norman of the Daily Express and formerly NME
Bob Simon from CBS News
Annie Nightingale, a BBC Radio DJ

Key music and tracks featured include:

The Doors – Light My Fire
Simon and Garfunkle – At The Zoo
Jim Hendrix Foxy Lady – Are You Experienced
The Who – I Can See For Miles
Big Brother & The Holding Co (Janis Joplin) -  Ball and Chain
Hollies – Carrie Ann
Procul Harum – Whiter Shade of Pale
Eric Burdon and The Animals – Paint it Black
Otis Redding –  I’ve Been Lovin You Too Long
Booker T and The MGs – Green Onions
Scott McKenzie – San Francisco
Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To love/White Rabbit
The Mamas and Papas – Spanish Harlem/California Dreamin

With more music from Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, and The Supremes, to name a few.

Key stories UK and International stories include

Martin Luther King Speech April 1967
Spalding Tulip Bulb Festival May 1967 (UK)
Monterey Pop Festival June 1967
Vietnam War
Burning US Draft Cards
Muhammad Ali stripped of title
Rolling Stone Magazine starts
Mary Quant !967 Show
Yves St Laurent African Collection
Sergeant Pepper released
USA race riots & marches
Sidney Poitier, a leading black actor in 3 films  (To Sir, with Love, In the Heat of the Night & Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)
And much, much more…