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This was the original press announcement for the late Linda McCartney’s San Francisco show at our Museum in 1997. Her show closed September 30th of that year. — Gladys Hansen

Linda McCartney Photo Show to Benefit
the Summer of Love

Linda and Paul McCartney Offer Their Support for
San Francisco’s Free Fall Lovefest in Golden Gate Park,
and Thank San Francisco Producer Chet Helms for 30 years of Love and Friendship.

Twenty-six of Linda McCartney’s “Sixties” photos, as well as the Summer of Love photographs by San Francisco photo-journalists Robert Altman, Baron Wolman, Herb Greene and Gene Anthony, will be on display at the Museum of the City of San Francisco through September 30. Opening of the exhibit on August 29 coincides with the 31th anniversary of the Beatle’s last performance, at Candlestick Park. The Exhibit will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, until September 30.

The Museum is located in The Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth Street, at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. The facility is accessible to the disabled or physically impaired.

The Background

On July 14 Paul and Linda McCartney wrote their old friend Chet Helms (San Francisco’s legendary “Father of the Summer of Love”) and said, “Dear Chet. We are getting ready for the 30th anniversary of the Summer of Love. We think it’s a great idea and are really looking forward to all the celebrations...”

The McCartney’s were introduced to the burgeoning San Francisco music scene at the height of the Summer of Love after the Beatles performed their last public concert at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966. Helms, who had hitchhiked to San Francisco with Janis Joplin and created Big Brother and the Holding Company, was a major player in the Summer of Love. Nearly every great 60’s band played in Helms’ fabled Avalon Ballroom.

When Helms called the McCartney’s in London and told them of his plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park’s Beach Chalet Meadows October 12, they immediately offered their support in the form of a special photo exhibit of Linda’s photographs from her book “Sixties.”

Proceeds from the sale of her photographs will benefit October’s free concert and celebration.

Mr. Helms wishes to thank Gladys Hansen, former City of San Francisco Archivist and founder of the Museum of the City of San Francisco, Summer of Love and Museum board member Billy McCarthy, McCartney exhibit curator Richard Hansen, Fahey/Klein Fine Art Photography Gallery in Los Angeles and Mary Louise Beecroft’s Ship Art International for their kind donations of time and services.


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