Incredibly, it’s been a half century since the famous Summer of Love. In 1967, society underwent a transformation in fashion, attitudes and notably, music. The movement was driven by flocks of young people who descended on San Francisco to experience the hippie scene, and it changed pop culture forever.
Some of the most unique gifts to fans of classic rock came from that year’s releases. The Rolling Stones, the Who, Jefferson Airplane, and the Beatles all issued records in ‘67 that remain important today.
Among the most celebrated albums—not just of 1967, but of all time—is the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Innovative recording techniques met with an artistic maturation of the Beatles themselves. If you still enjoy bouts of Beatlemania, here’s a unique gift for you. This Beatles wall clock was inspired by Ringo Starr’s snare drum. The clock features the group’s famous dropped-T logo as it first appeared on the percussionist’s Ludwig bass drum made famous on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Although a different musical genre, you can’t ignore the influence of Elvis Presley on music of this era. In 1967, he released a gospel album that won him his first Grammy Award a full 12 years after his first hit, Heartbreak Hotel. This classic-style jukebox is a virtual audio/visual shrine for devoted Elvis fans. The centerpiece of the CD-playing jukebox is an interior illuminated mural of The King performing on stage. Handcrafted by Rock-Ola and updated for modern use, it has a 100-CD changer and built-in amplifier with five speakers.
Along with its mark on pop culture, the Summer of Love is also important to those who love to reminisce and examine the nostalgic side of life. Decades before 1967, the Victrola – nostalgic to its very core – ushered in the acoustical recording era. Today, you can create a generational mash-up by streaming your classic rock on this all-in-one stereo system, reminiscent of a Victrola from radio’s golden age. It streams music via Bluetooth, plays AM/FM radio, has a cleverly concealed CD player and, of course, plays 33 and 78 rpm records.
We’ll never forget the influences those groovy days of 1967 had on attitudes toward the unique gifts of peace, love, and a respect for the Earth and all mankind. Come to think of it, we could use another summer like that today.