Tag: music

Byron Concert Site Gets Historic Marker

– 1970 Atlanta International Pop Festival Site Receives Marker from Georgia Historical Society –

Only a part of the name is a misnomer. Byron is nowhere near Atlanta, but it was definitely a pop festival. Famous and soon-to-be famous acts included: The Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix, Ten Years After, Procol Harum, B. B. King, Mountain, Captain Beefheart, Rare Earth, The Chambers Brothers, Chicago Transit Authority, Poco, Ravi Shankar, Grand Funk Railroad, Spirit, The Bob Seger System, and others. Atlanta concert promoter Alex Cooley sold tickets at a mere $14 each.

Christina M. Wright’s story in The Macon Telegraph has the scoop on honoring the epic “three days of love peace and music” in Byron, Georgia, over a long Independence Day weekend in 1970.

In retrospect it was a time of relative innocence despite the nudity and omnipresent acid and other hallucinogenics. No arrests were made and the only person shot was a photographer who accidentally shot himself in the hand while climbing a telephone pole. Governor Lester Maddox circled the event vainly in a helicopter.

At midnight on the morning of July 4th, Jimi Hendrix would deliver his explosive performance of The Star Spangled Banner with fireworks on and off the stage before the largest crowd of his career. In ten short weeks he would be dead.

Should an event be honored simply because between 250,000 and 600,000 people gathered in a soybean field for a music concert? If not, should it be remembered for the cultural change it signaled or for the amazing talent presented?

For additional information and a lot of pictures, please see:

http://alexcooley.com/fest-atlpop2.html
http://www.retronaut.co/2012/08/2nd-annual-atlanta-pop-festival-1970/
http://www.messyoptics.com/bird/APF_00.html

Hearing About vs. Listening

Gary Reese of Insider Advantage writes that America was “unsympathetic” to Obama’s speech. Too bad IA failed to poll people who actually listened to the entire speech. From today’s Florida Insider:

Barack Obama’s speech about race on Tuesday impressed many who witnessed it or read it. But most of America did neither, and many of them  — white and black — were less persuaded of the speech’s capacity to heal racial wounds, or to put the issue of race behind Obama as he continues his quest for the White House. That’s according to a new poll by InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion.

First, we screened poll respondents to find those who were aware that Obama’s pastor was in the news. A startling 82% knew about Obama’s speech, and about the controversy surrounding the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Of those who knew about the controversy and the speech, we asked, “Taking all this into account, are you more or less likely to support Obama for president?”

Less likely (52%)
More likely (19%)
About the same (27%)
No opinion (2%)

Full poll results and analysis here. Being Good Friday, I will now take a moment to visit the Scripture According to Pete Townsend with a re-listen to that beautiful song, Pure and Easy. Anyone wishing to also hear but has yet to do so, leave your email address here and I’ll gift you a copy from iTunes.