San Francisco and the Long 60s
The counter-cultural community of San Francisco in the 1960s generated ideologies and mythologies that continue to resonate forty years later.
In 2011 Sarah Hill was awarded an AHRC Fellowship to complete research on her large-scale project, a cultural history of popular music in San Francisco, 1965-1969.
This project considers received historical accounts of the time, the musical, visual and literary communications from the counterculture, and retrospective glances from members of the counter-cultural community over the past four decades.
It is an exploration of the ‘short 60s’ – the period of psychedelic experimentation (1965-1969) – and a consideration of the ‘long 60s’ – the perpetuation of the counter-cultural ideology beyond the confines of geographical and temporal space.
The resulting monograph, San Francisco and the Long 60s, has been contracted with Bloomsbury Academic for a 2015 publication.
"I can try to be true to the spirit of the project and be honest in recounting the experiences of the people who were generous enough to share their memories with me..."
Dr Hill writes about the origins of her work on San Francisco and the Long 60s and her research journey for the School's research blog