Bill Graham's New Year's Eve parties were famous in the Bay Area, their association with the Grateful Dead cemented in history and their continuation in one form or another long after Winterland's demise fortunate and welcomed. Father Time, aka Bill Graham with silver wig jammed over bushy black eyebrows, made his grand entrance from the back of the hall at midnight, barely skimming the heads of revellers on his way to the stage and perched on a different vehicle each year.
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Thousands of people flocked to the corner of Haight and Ashbury during the Summer of Love, but few saw the unfolding phenomenon as clearly as Gene Anthony did. From his apartment one block up the hill, he witnessed the extraordinary pilgrimage of young people from across the country as they trooped to San Francisco in search of answers, approval and love, and he captured the compelling vignettes through his telling lens. Anthony's photographic talent, subjects and well-deserved acclaim extend far beyond the psychedelic period, but his ability to capture a mood on a face or the essence of an era from a simple street sign was recognized and refined during that time. His photographs have, in turn, become the myriad faces of the Summer of Love.