Pop

3rd Sept 1970, Arthur Brown was arrested at the Palermo Pop ’70 Festival in Italy, after he set fire to his helmet (during the performance of his hit ‘Fire’), and stripped naked during his stage performance. The singer spent four days in solitary confinement before he was released. Read it here

On Aug. 3, 1968, the 1st Newport Pop Festival began. It is said to be the first rock festival to attract of 100,000 people. It didn’t go over well with the city fathers and a writer for the LA Times. The following was written in 1968. It is a very interesting read and a good […]

After their success at the Monterey International Pop Festival the month before, The Who began a US tour on July 14, 1967 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR. This was not a headlining tour for the band though. They were opening (middle slot) for Herman’s Hermits. The first band to play that evening was […]

It was 48 years ago on July 3, 1970, that the 2nd Atlanta International Pop Festival began. Like the Woodstock festival the previous summer, the event was promoted as “Three days of peace, love and music.” Tickets for the festival were priced at $14. Also like Woodstock, it became an “open event” when the promoter […]

One of the great pictures from the Monterey International Pop Festival which was held on June 16, 17 & 18, 1967. It was a ‘come as you are festival’ so The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz decided to come as a Native American. We are guessing it would be as a Chief. Chief Monkee, 51 years ago. […]

The second day of the Monterey International Pop Festival was Sat. June 17, 1967. The bands / artists performing that day were: Canned Heat Big Brother and the Holding Company Country Joe and the Fish Al Kooper The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Electric Flag Quicksilver Messenger Service Steve Miller Band Moby Grape Hugh Masekela The […]

Big Brother and the Holding Company first played the Monterey International Pop Festival on Sat, June 17. Their management had made the decision to not be filmed. Their Sat. show was so impressive that the concert promoters and the films producer talked them into playing again on Sunday, the 18th so they could get the […]

It was the performance of a lifetime. On June 18, 1967, Janis Joplin and Big Brother and The Holding Company returned to the stage at the Monterey International Pop Festival. They had originally played on Saturday the 17th, but their management decided that they didn’t want the band filmed. Janis and the band blew everybody […]

…”battle lines being drawn”……. By the time The Byrds played the Monterey Pop Festival, David Crosby was becoming more ‘persona non gratis’ in the band. And he knew it. So David decided to join his friend Stephen Stills on stage during Buffalo Springfield’s show at the festival on Sunday. It may have been as they […]

51 years ago today, one of the first festival concerts and one of the most important, the Monterey International Pop Festival began. It was a 3 day festival. The performances of a lot of the acts bought them their first major attention in the US and for some the world. Over the next few days […]


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