Tag Archives: 1970

HItchhiking Delaware 1970

In 1970 Peter Gore and I were arrested by a Delaware state trooper on this stretch of I95. We were fined $25 and put on a bus to New York. I never paid that ticket which has probably ballooned with penalties and interest to $1100. That is why I fear Delaware. Especially the Delaware Welcome […]

KICK OUT THE JAMS by Peter Nolan Smith

In the fall of 1969 my all-boys parochial school entered a chocolate-selling competition with the other Catholic educational institutions in Boston. The top prize for most sales was a concert by a band from Elektra Records. Rumors abounded that the band on offer was The Doors. Everyone wished it was true, because in 1967 the […]

Randall’s Island Now

In July of 1970 Randall’s Island at the confluence of East River and Long Island Sound hosted the Randall’s Island Pop Festival. The concert organizers originally had scheduled three-days of shows, however several headliners cancelled the third day. While Jimi Hendrix as always sold the show, the Village Voice called the gathering ‘the day the […]

Man In The White Hat – MC5

The MC5 appeared at Wayne State University for an afternoon concert on July 19, 1970. A black and white film captured the quintet’s rebellious musical talents, but Dakota from Weird Womb and I have always wondered about a tall bearded man standing against the speakers. He was wearing a white hat and tee-shirt. “Maybe he […]

WHAT’S GOING ON Marvin Gaye Detroit Mix

The production history of Marvin Gaye’s WHAT’S GOING ON from Wikipedia; In late March 1970, Marvin Gaye had fallen into a deep depression following the death of his singing partner and fellow Motown artist Tammi Terrell. Gaye refused to record or perform, going as far as to attempt an athletic career in football with the […]