Performance and Popular Music: History, Place and Time
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Music - 205 pages
The contributors in this volume discuss a range of significant live performances spanning the history of popular music, placing their analyses within a broader discussion of each performance's contexts and consequences.
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There was NO MUD at Altamont...It was a nice day all day....I was there from 9pm the night before...we slept a little at night and sang songs with people with guitars by campfires off the grounds...it was cold then...I had my sleeping bag with me to use as a ground cloth......we merged to the area just in front of the stage at dawn....about 400 of us.......I decided NOT to be at the front of the stage...so I positioned myself on my bag about 100 feet from the center front of the stage....by the way I sat on it all day and never once was someone else on the bag except a co worker and I. We managed to have not problems ALL DAY...we had fun ALL DAY...when there was a delay waiting for the Stones to come on, we knew it was Mick waiting for it to get dark so the spotlights could be used. At one point before sundown Sonny Barger drove his motorcycle thru the crowd just to the left of us...parting the people like the Nile....people flying out of the way.....we were just infront of the scaffold on the left, looking down on the stage......people streamed in all day long...there was well over 300,000 people there....and some way in the back including my brother who came about NOON.....waaaaaaaay back there....anyway there were more people there than a major city in the area has in its total population...hell in 1969 more than Fresno had...it has about 450,000 now......and guess what more than 3 people die every day...and a few kids are born...I believe at least one was born there that day. (what a moron woman for coming and be that close to having a baby...what was she thinking)......the vibe all day was great...especially during the Burrito Brothers with all the frisbees and coffee can lids flying......no fights broke out EXCEPT around the right side of the stage.....We saw lots of people dropping acid, drinking wine, and smoking grass....all around us...we were just in front of the AMERICAN FLAG now on the scaffold.....all hell broke loose when the Stones came on.....stopping and starting tunes, etc.....we had to abandon our great spot....since the crowd now rushed forward when they came on.....I got my tape recorder, camera, and self out of there.....but left my ice chest, sleeping bag and backpack with food......when the last song was sung....I am guessing about 9 pm...we walked the 2 miles back to my car......WE HAD A BLAST in this instant city....bottom line...people slept on a road and got run over...a kid pulled a gun on Hells Angels and was stabbed (not just beaten) to death that was later ruled self defense in court.....baby born...bad trips...overdoses....drunks....just like in a big town......it happens...but we had a great day back from the melee.....