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Bickershaw Festival 1972

Bickershaw Festival 1972

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Instruments of Rock - The Gibson Firebird

Instruments of Rock - The Gibson Firebird

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With its distinctive, almost wilfully strange shape, narrow-angled headstock, clear sustain and long list of heroic devotees, the Gibson Firebird remains one of rock's most coveted and iconic guitars. We're going to have a bit of a look at the history of the instrument and pay tribute to some of the legends who have wielded [...]
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