Meet the Ace of Cups, the Haight's {Almost} Forgotten All-Girl Band


In the summer of 1967, San Francisco’s first all-female rock band burst onto the scene. But despite their success during the Summer of Love, no record label ever signed The Ace of Cups. 50 years later, they’re breaking all the rules — again — to record their first full album. The Ace of Cups didn’t set out to be an all-girl band. The group’s original five members — Mary Gannon, Marla Hunt, Denise Kaufman, Mary Ellen Simpson and Diane Vitalich — came together guided by the communal spirit that blanketed Summer of Love-era San Francisco. Up to that point, most all-female bands had worn matching outfits and played cover songs. But with original songs that reflected their circumstances, the Ace of Cups played with groups like The Band, Jefferson Airplane, and even Jimi Hendrix, an avowed fan. —KELLY WHALEN

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Check out the new singles!

by Ace of Cups

The first studio release by the original all-female rock band of the late ‘60s San Francisco scene is coming November 9th. Featuring contributions from Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, Dead & Company), Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), Taj Mahal, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Peter Coyote, and many more.

Order the album now.


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Best Classic Bands: '60s Female Rock

From 1967 to 1972, the Ace of Cups were at the epicenter of the ‘60s cultural and social revolution. From the Acid Tests to the protests, from concerts in Golden Gate Park to the ballrooms of San Francisco, they shared stages with greats.  Read more. 


“The Well,” new Ace of Cups single featuring Bob Weir

Denise hanging with a great crew at Laughing Tiger studios, working on the Ace of Cups album (guitar solos on Bobby's vintage Gretch and lead vocals to melt your heart on "The Well"—listen here)!