Thousands of people came to Venice Beach when Jerry Garcia died, 12 years ago. I was living at 25th and Speedway at the time, so I grabbed my guitar and headed a few blocks north to where the action was. The scene was a lot like Golden Gate Park in the late 1960’s, according to folks who had been there.
Flashes of freedom were allowed to shine at the Edge of America for a few hours, but the LAPD cleared the beach after sunset. You wouldn’t want freedom to get too out of hand now, would you?