Are You Ready?
Looking Back 50 Years with Your RocDoc
“Are you ready? You can trust me all the way.
Are you ready? Well, then let me hear you say
That you’re ready, and the world will know it’s right.
Yes, you’re ready, and you know it’s out of sight.” GFR opening act, Texas International Pop Festival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpOZoF20ETw
And yes, they were ready! It was the summer of 1969, a season jammed with music reverberating in the souls of restless, apprehensive youth across our country. Music, i.e., rock, pop, folk, jazz, and blues was bellowing brashly across unbarred fields and under open skies. Music festivals were a much sought-after catharsis to the tumultuous time: Newport ’69 June 20-22; Newport Jazz Festival July 3-6; Atlanta Pop Festival July 4&5; Atlantic City Pop Festival August 1-3; Woodstock August 15-17; and less than two weeks later, on Labor Day weekend, the Texas International Pop Festival, where this story begins. (more…)