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Northern California Folk-Rock Festival 1969

Northern California Folk-Rock Festival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Northern California Folk-Rock Festival was a music festival held at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, California on May 23-25, 1969. A year earlier, the first festival held here had ended in a drug-fuelled mess with 1000s of people out of their minds on industrial strength PCP. So it was lucky to get [...]
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Toronto Rock n Roll Revival 1969

Toronto Rock n Roll Revival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Toronto Rock and Roll Revival was held at Varsity Stadium, at the University of Toronto, to an audience of over 20,000. The originally listed performers for the festival were local band Whiskey Howl, Bo Diddley, Chicago, Junior Walker and the All Stars, Tony Joe White, Alice Cooper, Chuck Berry, Cat Mother and the All [...]
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Strawberry Fields Festival - Ontario 1970

Strawberry Fields Festival - Ontario 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Strawberry Fields Festival was held at Mosport Park Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, about 70 miles east of Toronto, between August 7 and the early morning hours of August 10, 1970. Although accounts vary, the audience has been estimated at between 75,000 and 100,000 people. Initially, the promoters put forward plans to host a [...]
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Ozark Music Festival 1974

Ozark Music Festival 1974

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Have you heard of the Ozark Music Festival held in 1974 at Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri? Unless you're local to the area, probably not. Other, less well-attended festivals have had more prominence in rock culture and history but this three day gig attracted up to 350,000 people and is commonly agreed to being [...]
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Love and Peace Open Air Festival - Fehmarn, Germany 1970

Love and Peace Open Air Festival - Fehmarn, Germany 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This went down in history for one very good reason. It was Jimi Hendrix's last gig. Three young Germans had a dream: Helmut Ferdinand, Christian Berthold and Tim Sievers planned a European answer to Woodstock. Inspired by the Isle of Wight, they liked the idea of having the festival on an island, which quickly led [...]
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San Francisco International Pop Festival 1968

San Francisco International Pop Festival 1968

Authored By Johnny Blogger
By 1968 the whole world knew that San Francisco was Freak Central. Bus tours would patrol the streets, treating the long-haired weirdoes like some sort of zoo exhibit. Long time residents will tell you that the age of hippy idealism had already peaked, probably in late '66, early '67. However, while this may be cultural [...]
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Cincinnati Pop Festival 1970

Cincinnati Pop Festival 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
"Get in your car, brother, and get down with the people in Cincinnati. A gathering of the people. Celebrate the beginning rites of Summer with the spirits of the Sun, Sky, and Stars." This was the press release for the Cincinnati Pop Festival, June 1970. Apparently, brother was invited to party, but sister wasn't. Funny [...]
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Reading Festival 1973

Reading Festival 1973

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Reading And Leeds Festivals of today are the UK's longest-running events of their type, and were begat of the National Jazz And Blues Festival, which was born all the way back in 1961. Not much jazz on the bill these days and, in truth, by the early 1970s it was on the out- although [...]
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History of the Woodstock Festival - part 5

History of the Woodstock Festival - part 5

Authored By Johnny Blogger
As volunteers started cleaning up the media swung into gear, quickly painting it as a 'nightmare' in the New York Times. They called the fans 'lemmings' and asked what sort of culture could create such a colossal mess? But the trouble with taking that angle was this: it didn't sell. People felt good about Woodstock, [...]
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History of the Woodstock Festival - part 4

History of the Woodstock Festival - part 4

Authored By Johnny Blogger
As the rain came down and turned the whole site into a quagmire, the dirt that had covered the main electricity cables was washed away, leaving them exposed. Gradually the insulation on those cables got worn away by the ceaseless trudging of the masses. So now there were thousands of wet people set to be [...]
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History of the Woodstock Festival - part 3

History of the Woodstock Festival - part 3

Authored By Johnny Blogger
The Woodstock festival was due to start on the Friday, but by Thursday of that week, traffic was in gridlock. On the quiet, Lang et al had begun to expect 200,000 to attend because they knew that big fests in 69 were pulling those kinda numbers. Besides, all roads were jammed from midweek onwards. But [...]
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History of the Woodstock Festival - part 2

History of the Woodstock Festival - part 2

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This new quartet of businessmen - Lang, Kornfeld, Roseman and Roberts - were worried. They were worried that they might not get enough people to their festival. Crazy, huh? They genuinely hoped to get a mere 50,000 there and wereconcerned that might not be be possible because there had been very few big festivals in [...]
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History of the Woodstock Festival - part 1

History of the Woodstock Festival - part 1

Authored By Johnny Blogger
If you've seen the Woodstock movie, you'll have seen Michael Lang, one of the guys who helped put Woodstock on. A forever hipster riding a horse or a motorbike, with wild hair and one of those beatific smiles that suggest he's permanently stoned. In 1970 he seemed like a new type of business dude who [...]
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1969 - The Year Of The Festival

1969 - The Year Of The Festival

Authored By Johnny Blogger
1969 was The Year. More rock festivals were staged in 1969 than in any other. From humble alternative community beginnings, 1969 saw the emerging Rock Biz decide to pour it's collective money, energy and belief into Big Events. The trouble was, it was a new industry and so the people who wanted to be promoters [...]
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The Newport Pop Festival 1968

The Newport Pop Festival 1968

This was held in Costa Mesa, California, in the summer of 68 - so why not call it the Costa Mesa Festival? Probably because Newport was more upscale and echoed the famous east coast folk event. It was held on the Orange County Fairgrounds which was little more than a huge, dusty, open field. In [...]
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Hollywood Music Festival 1970

Hollywood Music Festival 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
No, not that Hollywood. This is the one in Staffordshire, England which was about as far away from the counter culture movement in USA as you're likely to find. The Hollywood Music Festival was held on a pig farm near Newcastle-under-Lyme on 23 and 24 May 1970. It was notable for the first ever performance [...]
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Sky River Rock Festival 1968

Sky River Rock Festival 1968

Authored By Johnny Blogger
It's 1968 and we're on Betty Nelson's organic raspberry farm just outside of Sultan, Washington, about an hour's drive from Seattle. The fact that it was an organic raspberry farm, should give you a clue that it was run by someone sympathetic to the burgeoning counterculture revolution. An organisation called The New American Community was [...]
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Mount Pocono Festival 1972

Mount Pocono Festival 1972

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Even by 1972 it was getting all too obvious that the 3 days festival wasn't much of a viable proposition. For a start it was getting to be impossible to get permission to put one on anywhere. The authorities were not hip to having 200,000 dopers arrive in a sleepy part of rural nowhere. Accomodating [...]
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Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival 1972

Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival 1972

Authored By Johnny Blogger
This was one of those times in rock history where the sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll cliche was really true. From 67 onwards, every time a festival was proposed anywhere in the world, but especially in North America, the straight folk panicked, fearing that a bunch of long haired freaks would arrive, get [...]
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New Orleans Pop Festival 1969

New Orleans Pop Festival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Happening just two weeks after Woodstock, the New Orleans Pop Festival 1969is often called Louisiana's Woodstock. But then many festivals around that time were keen to cast themselves in the counterculture glow of the upstate New York zeitgeist. Promoter Steve Kapelow said we expect 15,000 - 20,000 in light of advance ticket sales, but we [...]
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