The place that was referred by Hunter S. Thompson as «hushbury» in The New York Times Magazine still preserves the spirit of the '60s and became a hippie’s Mecca. Here is some imagery from this legendary street. The photographs originate from the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress, in one of its collection that are  “universal, not limited by subject, format, or national boundary”. 

Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, has been a lovely place and sweet home for many musicians and bands: The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills and Nash, and Janis Joplin. The building with the mural was the house of Jimi Hendrix. Now it hosts the Ashbury Tobacco Center.

The painting of Jimi HendrixThe painting of Jimi Hendrix

Mural in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood

The Haight-Ashbury neighborhood

For those who’d like to take a Haight Street History Walking, Biking or Driving, here is a list of addresses of famous houses:

  • 710 Ashbury St. — The Grateful Dead
  • 719 Ashbury St. — The Hell's Angels
  • 635 Ashbury St., 112 Lyon — Janis Joplin
  • 638 Ashbury St.— Country Joe McDonald and The Fish
  • 1018 Page St. — Big Brother and the Holding Company
  • 1550 Page St. — "Hippie Temptation" house (site of CBS documentary)
  • 1828 Page St.— Ron Donovan (psychedelic concert poster artist)
  • 1524 Haight St. — Jimi Hendrix
  • 879 Haight St.— Flipper (famous punk band)
  • 616 Page St.— Charles Manson
  • 731 Buena Vista West — Graham Nash (and several owners later) Bobby McFerrin
  • 264 Downey St.— Michael McClure (Beat-era playwright, poet)
  • 1235 Masonic Ave.— Patty Hearst hid in Symbioses Liberation Army safe-house here
  • 32 Delmar St. — Sid Vicious (site of non-fatal overdose after last Sex Pistols show).
  • 2400 Fulton St. — Jefferson Airplane Rehearsal Space, house and office
  • 318 Parnassus St. — Hunter S. Thompson's Apartment (where he shot off his shotgun out his window. Hunter and his)


Medusa mural by Lango in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, San Francisco, California.

Wasteland

This mecca for hippies is a very peaceful place still, and time to time you can see smiling faces of people, walking in loose clothes, same as it was more than half a century ago. These fragments of the flower power era are still spiced with psychedelic aroma and alive in this  culture cradle. 

If you want to discover more, take a look at the collection dedicated to this cradle of hippie movement on Picryl