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Lost Great Records: Badger: One Live Badger  1973

Lost Great Records: Badger: One Live Badger 1973

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Badger looked to have all the credentials to be a big progressive rock band. They had an ex-member of Yes in Tony Kaye; a gatefold album by album art maestro Roger Dean for their debut (naturally, it came with a pop-up badger); profound song titles such as 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Wind Of Change' and [...]
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Atlanta Pop Festival 1969

Atlanta Pop Festival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Atlanta Pop Festival was held on the 4th and 5th of July 1969 and pulled in 140,000 people to the Atlanta International Speedway in Georgia. Despite riots at recent festivals in Denver and Northridge, California the local authorities gave the event their blessing. Local newspaper The Atlanta Journal ran an editorial praising the variety [...]
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Powder Ridge Festival 1970

Powder Ridge Festival 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
In the first half of 1970, plans were afoot for a festival in Middlefield, Connecticut. So here's a quiz question: what was so special about the July 1970 rock festival at Powder Ridge Ski Area, which was attended by around 30,000 people? Answer: the event was cancelled. The establishment got pretty wise, pretty quickly after [...]
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Bath Festival Of Blues And Progressive Music 1970

Bath Festival Of Blues And Progressive Music 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
When they played the Bath Festival of Blues in 1969 , about 12,000 saw Led Zeppelin. By the 1970, the foursome had seen their UK popularity surge, and over 150,000 came to Shepton Mallet on the 27th and 28th of June 1970 for the Bath Festival Of Blues And Progressive Music. And a hell of [...]
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The Who Live At Charlton 1974

The Who Live At Charlton 1974

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Who played two gigs at Charlton Athletic's football stadium in the mid-Seventies. The second, in 1976, was one of three one-day festivals hosted by the band that summer on their Who Put The Boot In tour (the other being Glasgow and Swansea). But the 1976 gig was spoiled by ticket forgery and gatecrashers, although [...]
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Bickershaw Festival 1972

Bickershaw Festival 1972

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Bickershaw Festival - He will be forever emblazoned on the British public consciousness for the inane Beadle's About (for our US international readers, this was an Eighties TV show where the host played "hilarious" hidden camera jokes on members of the public), but Britain actually owes the late Jeremy Beadle a debt. For Jeremy was [...]
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Weeley Festival 1971

Weeley Festival 1971

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Weeley Festival - It's 1971, Ted Heath is Prime Minister, Arsenal have done the Double and Britain has just gone decimal. A festival is announced for the August Bank holiday weekend in a little-known Essex town, just outside of Clacton-on-Sea. When people hear the line-up, everyone wants to go. The Weeley festival of August 27 [...]
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Randall's Island Festival 1970

Randall's Island Festival 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
In July 1970 on New York's Randall's Island, an event billed as "New York's Pop Festival" was held.It was nothing to do with pop music, of course. This was to be different to a 'normal' festival. For a start it was to be held in Downing Stadium and there'd be no camping. It was billed [...]
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The Seattle Pop Festival 1969

The Seattle Pop Festival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Also in 1969, The Seattle Pop Festival was held 25-27 July at Gold Creek Park, Woodenville, Washington. It was $6 for one day, $15 for all three. Bands playing included Chuck Berry, Black Snake, Tim Buckley, The Byrds, Chicago Transit Authority, Albert Collins, Crome Syrcus, Bo Diddley, The Doors, Floating Bridge, The Flock, The Flying [...]
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MAR-Y-SOL Vega Baja, Puerto Rico 1972

MAR-Y-SOL Vega Baja, Puerto Rico 1972

Authored By Johnny Blogger
MAR-Y-SOL Vega Baja - In 1972, promoter Alex Cooley, who had produced the second Atlanta Pop Festival two years previously, came up with a novel idea. With local authorities, the cops and just about everyone else making it harder and harder to put festivals on, why not go somewhere where the Man wasn't going to, [...]
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