We had planned on talking about this, and our friend Kenneth Davidoff sent this …
Written by megarock on August 6, 2018
We had planned on talking about this, and our friend Kenneth Davidoff sent this to us. Ken was one of the photographers (official) for this event:
By Kenneth Davidoff:
Today is the 48th anniversary of the Shea Stadium Peace Festival.
“I was going to school in N. Y. C. at The School of Visual Arts in 1970, and as luck would have it, I was able to go to this amazing event with a couple of friends I had in the City. Using my press pass I had from Florida I gained access to the backstage area. I was looking for my friend Teddy, who was Johnny Winter’s manager. The first person I saw when I entered the dressing room was Janis Joplin, I walked up to her and re-introduced myself from the Palm Beach Pop festival. Now you have to remember this was 1970, I am not going to lie, I was a pot smoker back then, so I said to Janis, ” would you like to smoke a joint ? ” ” No ” she replied, ” that stuff just makes me crazy” and with that remark she pulls out a brown paper bag with a bottle. At that moment Johnny Winter entered the dressing room and shortly after the bottle was gone. This was to be one of Janis’s last performances, and it was a reunion with her band, Big Brother and The Holding Co., she passed away just two months later. The bill also included Paul Simon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf, The James Gang, Miles Davis, Johnny Winter, Herbie Hancock, Sha Na Na, Poco, Richie Havens, the Turtles and a dozen other important acts of the period, John Sebastion was the M.C.. The Festival for Peace was the first major concert at Shea Stadium since the last performance of The Beatles in 1966.”
This excerpt was taken from Wikipedia;
It was the second event of a series planned to raise funds for anti-war political candidates in the early 1970s. The first, the Winter Festival for Peace, took place in Madison Square Garden earlier in the year. The date selected for the Summer event was of particular interest as it was also the 25th anniversary of the U.S. first use of an atomic weapon in the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945 in World War II. The concert, advertised as the Summer Festival for Peace, was scheduled for 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM although several last-minute performers and extended sets added about two hours. Seating was General Admission by tier in the stadium.
Very little media has survived and no film of this concert has surfaced publicly despite the fact that it featured such historic performers as Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf, James Gang, Miles Davis, Johnny Winter, Herbie Hancock, Dionne Warwick, John Sebastian, The Rascals, the cast of “Hair,” Pacific Gas and Electric, Ten Wheel Drive and a dozen other important acts of the period. The Summer Festival for Peace was the first major concert at Shea Stadium after the last performance of The Beatles in 1966.
OK, how many of you were there?
(A wide selection of still photos shot by photographer Ken Davidoff are the only readily available visual documentation of the concert itself.)
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