1969 Newport Jazz Festival Poster
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best live shows i have ever attended sine qua non! and that includes woodstock a month later…walking down from the hills where we had our tent, to the smaller ampitheater in the pines on saturday at dusk, with my girlfriend J, we were accosted by 4 very lanky jive talkin’ teenagers from providence, one of whom hit me with a roundhouse punch to the jaw, perfectly knocking me out cold, and i collapsed with such vigor, they got scared and ran off… and my girlfriend revived me. i had extensive amnesia (loss of identity) for the next few days, thus when we rolled into the middle sly and the family stone on stage, replete with fairly abbreviated fur costumes and tall hats, and spears, pumping out this amazing funk, it seemed like we had traveled to another planet. perhaps we had…it was raining lightly, but still very hot, and steam was rising off the ground. everything i saw at newport '68 was superb, including roland kirk, sun ra, dave brubeck, johnny winter playing with bb king, james b, all the rock acts were amazing too. jethro tull, ten years after, jeff beck with rod stewart, and last but not least…led zep. music became my life after this show…all for under 25 dollars…
This one was my Woodstock substitute. Unfortunately missed Friday, but having Led Zeppelin start at about 2am was pretty fine!
Our family went a lot but not every year. I grew up 25 miles away. I was 13 that year, and a huge Buddy Rich fan. But the lineup and the hype dashed the family tradition.
Funny thing is, I had already developed a love for “The Mothers” particularly, and Sly as well. I appreciate LZEP a little more these days.