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The Haight Love, Rock, and Revolution

Written by: Joel Selvin


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Covering one of the most unforgettable moments in modern history—and including striking images of twentieth-century icons such as Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsburg, Grace Slick, and more—The Haight is an indispensable gallery of legendary photographer Jim Marshall’s iconic Sixties-era San Francisco photography.

The counter-culture movement of the 1960s—and the wellspring of creativity it fostered—is one of the most continually fascinating and endlessly examined moments of the twentieth century. The footprint of that movement reverberates strongly today in music, fashion, literature, and social issues, to name a few. Widely regarded as the cradle of revolution, California’s Haight-Ashbury grew in the sixties from a small neighborhood in San Francisco to a worldwide phenomenon—a concept that extends far beyond the boundaries of the intersection itself.

Legendary photographer Jim Marshall visually chronicled this area as perhaps no one else did. Renowned for his powerful portraits of some of the greatest musicians of the era, Marshall covered Haight-Ashbury with the same unique eye that allowed him to amass a staggering archive of rock-and-roll photography and Grammy recognition for his life’s work. In this one-of-a-kind book, the full extent of Marshall’s Haight-Ashbury work is stunningly displayed: live concerts, powerful candids, intimate sessions with icons of the day, street scenes, crash pads, alleyways, and the human be-in, all culminating in the definitive photographic record of a watershed moment in time.

Featuring hundreds of images of everyone from Bill Graham, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane to Donovan, The Beatles, Allen Ginsberg, and Timothy Leary, The Haight tells the complete and comprehensive story of the street, creative, cultural, and revolutionary aspects of the day. Written by bestselling San Francisco music journalist Joel Selvin, the story behind each and every one of these incomparable images is disclosed through an intimate and revealing narrative, lending the images a fascinating context and prospective.

Bold and beautifully crafted, The Haight captures the full scope and nuance of Marshall’s San Francisco photography and offers fresh insight into the Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury, and beyond.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone: “San Francisco wasn't the center of the rock universe when Jim Marshall moved there in 1964, but the photographer must have sensed something amazing was about to happen. Within a year of his arrival, bands like the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother and the Holding Company began gigging around town—and Marshall was there to capture all of it on camera . . . astonishing treasure trove of unseen photos from the Haight-Ashbury days.”, with quotes from Amelia : ". . . showcases pictures Marshall took from about 1965 to 1968, when Haight-Ashbury went from a quietly run-down fringe area to the most famous neighborhood in America: Hippie Central. For Marshall, it was also home . . . Marshall got such access because he was a part of the scene. He didn't just take the Beatles' picture; he hung out with them."

SF Chronicle : “A treasure trove of visual reporting on the brave new psychedelic world . . . Whether it’s shots of Jerry Garcia and his intrepid crew playing for—and blending with—the Haight Street crowds, a be-robed Allen Ginsberg ecstatically waving to the masses at the Human Be-In, John Lennon and San Francisco Chronicle scribe Ralph J. Gleason backstage at Candlestick Park or soul brothers Brian Jones and Jimi Hendrix conferring at the Monterey Pop fairgrounds, Marshall had an uncanny knack for being at the center of the action without ever losing his perspective—or his talent . . . It was a time when the world changed—and then changed again, as it always has. But Jim Marshall never blinked. His aim was true.”

Library Journal : “The late Robin Williams famously said that if you remember the Sixties, you weren’t really there. It’s a good thing, then, that ­Marshall had his camera with him. The famed rock photographer, who died in 2010, was the premier chronicler of the 1960s and 1970s music scene, particularly in San Francisco. His work in the Haight-­Ashbury district at that heady time is presented here in a fantastic oversize collection. Pictures of icons Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison are immediately recognizable, but photos of some of the forgotten places and faces of the period are superb as well. The images are almost all black and white and are reproduced beautifully. Several fold-out pages are dedicated to certain major artists Marshall captured, including Hendrix and Joplin as well as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and the Beatles (from their final concert in 1966). Selvin (Here Comes the Night) adds brief but detailed essays throughout the work that complement the photographs very nicely. ­VERDICT Baby boomers and rock fans of all ages will be transported back in time in the pages of this book.”

About the Author

Joel Selvin has covered pop music for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1970. He is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock (with Sammy Hagar) and has worked on virtually every book Marshall has produced since their 1992 collaboration, Monterey Pop. He lives in San Francisco.


IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards: 2015 - SILVER for Art & Photography

IPPY Award: 2015 - GOLD for West-Pacific Regional Non-Fiction