San Francisco. 50 years ago. The Summer of Love. A time now synonymous with hippies, music, flowers and drugs. But it was also a summer of sickness. Free love meant venereal disease. Drugs led to overdoses. When one young doctor in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury opened what he called a “free clinic,” it was instantly mobbed because many young people couldn’t – or wouldn’t – go anywhere else. It was a revolutionary idea in health care that's still helping people today.
From counter culture in San Francisco, to one on the edge of Death Valley: Darwin, in Inyo County. Chances are, people who live in the almost ghost town will see you coming way before you see them. Your tires will kick up five miles of dust along the single washboard road that drops into town from the highway. Writer and artist Kathy Goss emailed us a couple months back after hearing a story about Joshua Tree that took The California Report's L.A. bureau chief Steven Cuevas close to Darwin. Next time, she said, why not pay a visit? So, Steven did.
Not So Sentimental Journeys in New Albums From 2Mex and Frankie Rose
The California Report's Suzie Racho and our pop music critic Steve Hochman are here to talk about some of the latest releases from Golden State artists. Today, they’ve got music inspired by journeys: one physical, the other cosmic, from 2Mex and Frankie Rose.
The 5th Dementia: Group Brings Teens and Seniors Together to Make Music
When you think of the debilitating, painful trauma of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, you probably don’t think of people climbing onstage to belt out feel-good classics from the Great American Songbook. But then you’re probably not thinking of the 5th Dementia. The LA group keeps folks with neurodegenerative disease in the moment by playing music of the past, with help from a few teenage musicians. Reporter Peter Gilstrap has more.