The Woodstock of the South. Almost never happened. Local, State, and even Federal Govt. tried to stop it.
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Palm Beach Pop Festival
(Updated: April 30, 2022)
Getting old, so I'd like to share my experience at Palm Beach Pop Festival. Friends and I traveled to Florida from Galesburg Mi in late October '69. We drove down in a 1941 cadillac hearse (black, of course). Upon hearing of a possible rock fest in West Palm we left the keys that day and ended up at Rupp's dragstrip 9 days early. Why pay if you don't have to? Roughly 5 days before the festival we were asked if we wanted to help set up the food tents in exchange for, what else, food! On Friday morn of the fest I was called to the timing tower where Mr. Rupp asked if I would like to be Chief Security Officer for the festival. I quickly said yes, went back to the hearse and told my friends. Within 30 minutes I heard the first notes of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" and told friends I needed to be behind stage. Friday nite was pretty frightful due to cold, wet, wet weather, however, we were able to complete a full program. I will attempt to update on this site each day as I have too much to share in one sitting. Suffice it to say I had personal experiences with the Winters Bros., the Chambers Bros., Roger McQuinn, Spooky Tooth, King Crimson, Janis and others. Later, and always keep the music playing! R. C. Campbell
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This re-issued Lithograph is from the 1969 First Annual Palm Beach International Music and Arts Festival. Now available after 40 years, this historical poster represents a last minute addition to the Rolling stones 69' tour. Brian Jones was replaced by Mick Taylor. The Stones played Palm Beach the early morning following their M.S.G. "Get Yer Ya Ya's Out" show, and look at the rest of the amazing lineup of bands. You can also get a signed and numbered version by the original artist.