20200505 Hong Kong Flu & IOW pop festivals.

IOW pop festivals 1969 & 1970… I was out there somewhere.

Quoting from Wikipedia…

“Hong Kong flu of 1968, also called Hong Kong flu pandemic of 1968, global outbreak of influenza that originated in China in July 1968 and lasted until 1969–70. The outbreak was the third influenza pandemic to occur in the 20th century; it followed the Asian flu pandemic of 1957 and the influenza pandemic of 1918–19 (also called Spanish flu).”

As well as WOODSTOCK (see previous post) I attended two of the Isle of Wight pop fesivals. Dylan was at the first one, and I saw Jimmy Henrix’s last performance at the second festival. When were those pop festivals?

Lets see what Wikipedia says again…

” The 1969 festival opened on Friday 29 August—eleven days after the close of Woodstock. Dylan was living in Woodstock, New York, at the time and it was widely believed that he would perform there, after the event had been “put in his own backyard”. As it happened, Dylan left for the Isle of Wight on 15 August—the day the Woodstock festival began.

The 1970 event was by far the largest of these early festivals; indeed it was said at the time to be one of the largest human gatherings in the world, with estimates of over 600,000, surpassing the attendance at Woodstock. Included in the line-up of over fifty performers were Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, The Doors, The Who, Lighthouse, Ten Years After, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Joni Mitchell, The Moody Blues, Melanie, Donovan, Gilberto Gil, Free, Chicago, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Leonard Cohen, Jethro Tull, Taste and Tiny Tim.



Yea, no one missed a day of school, a day of work, or considered the deadly outbreak of Hong Kong flu at the Isle of Wight pop festival for even a second from what I remember

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