By Lindsay Scovil Dove
Standing on the banks of Buffalo Bayou at Allen’s Landing, Houston’s birthplace, you can see a worn-down three-story building starting to crumble under the weight of the years. It is easy to miss it with UH-Downtown’s new Commerce Street Building, the traffic, concrete, and noise of the city to catch your attention instead. If you did notice the former Sunset Coffee building, the boarded windows and the painted-over graffiti might make you imagine an earlier time when goods were manufactured there and loaded on boats waiting along the bayou to take them to their destination. What most people would not envision, however, is that the building, and the psychedelic music that emanated from it, came to define Houston’s youth counter-culture movement in the late 1960s.
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