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What If Joe Walsh Had Become President in 1980?

What If Joe Walsh Had Become President in 1980?

Authored By Johnny Blogger
What If Joe Walsh Had Become President in 1980? A bit of history and a bit of fantasy. Railing against earnest members of the rockristocracy getting all politically aware and environmental, Denis Leary once ranted: "Don Henley's gonna tell me how to vote? I don't fucking think so, ok? I got two words for Don [...]
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Atlantic City Pop Festival 1969

Atlantic City Pop Festival 1969

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Held from 1st to 3rd August 1969 in Atlantic City. 110,000 people turned up to the Atlantic City racetrack to see a fine line-up of bands. It was the first rock fest in the New York/New Jersey/Philly area. The first day featured Joni, Aum (anyone remember Aum?), the Chambers Brothers, Iron Butterfly, Dr John, Mother [...]
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Instruments of Rock - the Hofner Violin Bass

Instruments of Rock - the Hofner Violin Bass

Authored By Johnny Blogger
"Nobody wants to play bass," said Paul McCartney. "Or nobody did in those days. Bass was the thing that the fat boys got lumbered with and were asked to stand at the back and play. I definitely didn't want to do it but Stuart left, and I got lumbered with it." After Stuart Sutcliffe left [...]
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Isle Of Wight Festival 1970

Isle Of Wight Festival 1970

Authored By Johnny Blogger
600,000 people on an island with a population of just 100,000. Political protesters taking the stage. Jimi, Jim, Joan, Joni and even Mungo Jerry (almost). The last weekend of August in 1970. It was, of course, the Isle of Wight Festival. It would be the third year in a row that the organisers, Fiery Creations, [...]
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The Fantasy Fair And Magic Mountain Festival  June 10 and June 11 1967

The Fantasy Fair And Magic Mountain Festival June 10 and June 11 1967

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Magic Mountain Festival - Mount Tamalpais, Marin Count, California. This is the first authentic rock festival, and was held six months after the Be-In. In historical terms it's overshadowed by the Monterey Pop Festival which happened a week afterwards but it was nonetheless an historic event held on top of Mount Tamalpais just over the [...]
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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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Forgotten But Fantastic: Fruupp

Forgotten But Fantastic: Fruupp

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Fruupp - If you're not a prog fan, the chances are you won't have heard of this northern Irish band, active between 1971 and 1976. Even if you are, they surely will have passed off many a radar. Only moderately successful even in their own lifetime, they have faded into obscurity now - which is [...]
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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

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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Instruments of Rock - The Gibson Firebird

Instruments of Rock - The Gibson Firebird

Authored By Johnny Blogger
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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Steve Goudie

Steve Goudie

Authored By Johnny Blogger
A hard-working, rock 'n' roll man to his bones, when it comes to taking photographs of rock and pop stars, this dude is as good as it gets today. Steve has been at the top of his profession for the better part of 20 years. A guitarist with a proper rock 'n' roll history behind [...]
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Tony Mottram

Tony Mottram

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Tone is legendary. I mean, he really is. Sit him down and he'll start a story with the sentence "I was once on tour in South America with Iron Maiden..." and off he'll go on a sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll anecdote that will make your hair curl. Which is exactly as it [...]
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Jan Persson

Jan Persson

Authored By Johnny Blogger
Jan is an important elder statesman of music photography. Born 1943 in Copenhagen, he has been working as a photographer for over 50 years and his work has been used for more than 1000 album covers and has appeared in many more magazines, newspapers and on television all over the world for the last half [...]
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