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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Texas International Pop Festival - Stuff to Grok

Texas International Pop Festival
Texas International Pop Festival

Texas International Pop Festival


Texas International Pop Festival


Texas International Pop Festival


Texas International Pop Festival


Texas International Pop Festival


Texas International Pop Festival


Check out this original and complete Texas International Pop Festival set of Event Badges.

It was Labor Day weekend, 1969, two weeks after Woodstock, when thousands of hippies converged on the small town of Lewisville, north of Dallas, for the Texas International Pop Festival

featuring:

B.B.King, Canned Heat, Chicago, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Freddie King, Grand Funk Railroad, Herbie Mann, Incredible String Band, James Cotton Blues Band, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, Nazz, The Quarry, Rotary Connection, Sam & Dave, Santana, Shiva's Headband, Sly & the Family Stone, Space Opera, Spirit, Sweetwater, Ten Years After and Tony Joe White!

North of the festival site was the campground on Lake Lewisville, where hippie attendees skinny-dipped and passed bars of Ivory soap (Ivory floats). Also on the campground was the free stage, where some bands played after their main stage gig and several bands not playing on the mains stage performed. It was on this stage that Wavy Gravy, head of the Hog Farm commune, acquired his name. (At Woodstock, he was Hugh Romney.)

The Merry Pranksters, Ken Kesey's group, was in charge of the free stage and camping area. While Kesey was neither at the Texas event nor at Woodstock, his right hand man, Ken Babbs, and his psychedelic bus, Further (Ferther) were. The Hog Farm provided security, a trip tent and free food.

Attendance at the festival remains unknown, but is estimated at around 150,000. As with Woodstock, there were no violent crimes reported. There was one death, due to heat, and one birth.

High-quality soundboard bootleg recordings of almost the entire festival are circulated on the Internet. Led Zeppelin's set is one of the most popular Led Zeppelin bootlegs due to the high technical and musical quality of the performance.

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