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Patty Parsons

The year was 1967 and she had wanderlust. It was also the Summer of Love. Among the bands that spent their infancy in San Francisco were Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the Steve Miller Blues Band.

They were heady days. A new psychedelic form of rock ’n’ roll was everywhere. It was a time of anti- war marches and flower power. Line-ups of dream bands at famed venues such as the Fillmore West, the Carousel Ballroom, Winterland and Haight Theatre were ubiquitous. “When I moved there it was the right time,” Parsons recalls. “But I was the most abnormal of hippies, I never was cool.”

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