Chet Helms Dead at 62

Published: 2005-06-27
Attributed largely to the 1967 "summer of love" movement, Chet Helms used "peace and love" hippy philosophy in his concert promotion and "love-ins" to rage against the Vietnam War with the youth of America. During this time, Helms assisted in the careers of The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and was instrumental in discovering Janis Joplin deep in the heart of Texas. Joplin was a college friend of Helms, and he persuaded her to hitchhike to California to get involved in the Haight-Ashbury scene.

Barrie Melton, guitarist for Country Joe and the Fish has said: ""He wasn't just a promoter, he was a supporter of music and art. He supported people emotionally, psychologically and psychically. He made the scene what it was." After the 70s, Helms quit the music business to run an art gallery.

Helms died from complications of a stroke in San Francisco; he was 62.

Writer: Soul Shine Staff

   

 

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