Folk music was confused by these changes on one level, but also very much a driving force. When the recording industry realized that there was a new sound coming from places like
By 1967, folk rock boom was starting to wane. The Byrds of
Probably the greatest impact of folk music on the Summer of Love was much more philosophical in nature.
he Summer of Love seemed to collapse under its own weight, and much of the urban hippie scene derogated into hard drugs. Many of the hippies decided a rural existence made more sense, moved out to the boonies and this was also reflected in the flavor of the music, with the Dead’s Workingman’s Dead and
But pop music doesn’t stand still, so the audience/performer dichotomy became the norm soon enough. However, one could postulate that part of the popularity of the Dead, and even some of the younger “jam” bands, is due at least in part to the familial nature of these groups and their fans and followers. With this familial nature, some of the traditional “backstage boundaries” are removed or softened. The event includes a musical experience, but that musical experience may not be the main focus for some participants.
Folk music survived the Summer of Love, although those of us that saw Tom Paxton in a Nehru jacket may never be able to shake the image.
Dennis Roger Reed is a singer-songwriter, musician and writer based in