George and Pattie visit San Francisco

George Harrison and Pattie Boyd visited San Francisco, on August 7th, 1967.

After six days spent in Los Angeles the couple, along with Neil Aspinal and Derek Taylor, traveled to San Francisco to see Pattie's sister Jenny Boyd. While there they visited the famous hippy district of Haight-Ashbury (see pictures below).

George later described naively expecting spiritually enlightened people. But instead it was mostly spotty kids getting high.

According to Pattie Boyd the crowd they were with became hostile when Harrison turned down an offer of drugs. The couple and their company were forced to run to their limousine where they were chased by hippies and had their car shook. 

"We sensed it because when you're that high you're very aware of vibes, and we were walking faster and faster, and they were following.
When we saw the limo, we ran across the road and jumped in, and they ran after us and started to rock the car, and the windows were full of these faces, flattened against the glass, looking at us." - Pattie Boyd
"Photographs tell the story of this great visit by one of the Fab Pied Pipers; it is one of the best-known moments in The Great Novel. The crowds that gathered, well-meaning though they were, pressed upon the English visitors and made life difficult and a little dangerous. George didn't enjoy Haight-Ashbury, yet it was right and inevitable that one of Them should have been there in those times." Derek Taylor

The couple flew back to London via New York on August 9th; along with Neil Aspinall and Alex Mardas.

One week prior to visiting San Francisco, George wrote Blue Jay Way while staying at a house in the Hollywood Hills. The song later appeared on Magical Mystery Tour.  

Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, August 1967.

Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, August 1967.

Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, August 1967.

Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, August 1967.

Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, August 1967.

Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, August 1967.

 Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, August 1967.

 Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, August 1967.

George Harrison in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, August 1967.

George Harrison in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, August 1967.

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Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, August 1967.

Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, August 1967.

Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, August 1967.

Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, August 1967.

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