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Home | Encyclopaedia | History | Twentieth Century | Festival Era

Music History - Festival Era

Festivals which stand out during the mid to late 1960s include Monterey in 1967 otherwise known as the "Summer of Love" and Altamont in 1969, where a man was murdered during the Rolling Stone's "Sympathy for the devil". Chuck Berry had been invited to the Monterey festival but had declined saying that he "didn't do nothing for charity". The Isle of Wight Festivals took place in Hayles Field 1968 where the likes of Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention, The Move, The Pretty Things, T-Rex and Arthur Brown performed. In 1969 the I.O.W. festival was sited in Woodside Bay and tempted such performers as Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, The Moody Blues, Tom Paxton, Pentangle and The Who. In 1970 the festival was staged at Afton Down and performers for this five-day festival included Miles Davis, Sly Stone, Joan Baez, Donovan, Joni Mitchell, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, Free, Leonard Cohen, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.

Woodstock was another famous event which took place on the 15,16 and 17th August 1969 at Bethel, New York and attracted over 500,000 festival goers. Artists who performed included Joan Baez, The Band, Blood,Sweat & Tears, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Country Joe McDonald and the Fish, Credence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Grateful Dead, Arlo Guthrie, Tim Hardin, The Keef Hartley Band, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Incredible String Band, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Melanie, Mountain, Quill, Santana, John Sebastian, Sha-Na-Na, Ravi Shanker, Sly & The Family Stone, Bert Sommer, Sweetwater, Ten Years After, The Who, Johnny Winter and Neil Young.

As the decade came to a close, young college students were protesting about the war and African-Americans were rioting after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The hopeful, happy emotions of the psychedelic music gradually turned into loud blues.





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