A Guide to Famous Haight Addresses
Haight-Ashbury: Notes on Famous Addresses
Take a walk along the streets that were the epicenter of the Summer of Love in 1967. Both before and after that summer, this was home to the counterculture and the San Francisco Sound that made a huge contribution to the history of 20th century music.
Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, The Animals, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Sly Stone, Santana, Country Joe & the Fish, The Byrds, Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company, pioneered, explored and shared new sounds and styles at venues such as The Fillmore, Winterland, The Avalon, Carousel Ballroom and outdoors in Golden Gate Park.
Many visitors seek out these addresses in and around the neighborhood. Most are private residences, so passersby are requested to keep this in mind.
710 Ashbury Street
The “Grateful Dead House,” home to San Francisco native Jerry Garcia and bandmates. From here on October 2, 1967, eleven residents were hauled away from San Francisco police who confiscated a pound of marijuana. Bob Weir and Ron “Pigpen” McKernan were arrested; other band members, including Jerry Garcia, were not home at the time. Jerry Garcia, a San Francisco native, is widely considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
2400 Fulton Street
Home to Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane, the 1904 Colonial Revival house was sometimes called The Mansion or The Airplane House. It was purchased in 1968 for $70,000 and painted all black at that time It is said to have been the site of legendary parties. The address was recalled in the title of a 1987 Jefferson Airplane best-of album. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
737 Buena Vista West
An 1897 mansion where Jack London wrote “White Fang” in 1906. Recording sessions took place here by Jerry Garcia, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Mother Earth and the Steve Miller Band. Later, it was home to actor Danny Glover.
731 Buena Vista West
A neighboring mansion was home to musician Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young before being purchased by vocalist Bobby McFerrin.
638 Ashbury Street
An apartment known as the fish tank was home to Country Joe McDonald and the Fish. “The Fish Cheer/I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die Rag”, better known as the Vietnam Song, was written here.
122 Lyon Street
Janis Joplin lived at this address, as indicated on her driver’s license. She shared the place with her boyfriend Country Joe McDonald for a few months. Joplin died of a heroin overdose in LA at age 27. She has been named by Rolling Stone as one of the greatest singers of all time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
1524A Haight Street
Jimi Hendrix is said to have lived here briefly in the 60s. His death by drug overdose, also at age 27, was only 16 days prior to Joplin’s. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music."
719 Ashbury Street
Home to The Hell’s Angels, who sometimes served as bodyguards at rock concerts.
42 Belvedere Street
Where international ballet stars Rudolph Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn were arrested for marijuana use on July 11, 1967.
1018 Page Street
Home to Big Brother and the Holding Company, a group that Janis Joplin performed with as lead singer from 1966 to 1968.
Also, notable addresses appearing in several guide books:
616 Page Street
Briefly home in the summer of 1967 to convicted murderer Charles Manson.
32 Delmar Street
Sid Vicious home in 1978, at the time of the Sex Pistols’ last show.
1235 Masonic Street
Where the Symbionese Liberation Army held kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst for ransom in 1978.