Category: Music

Peace, Love, Music and Mud: LIFE at Woodstock


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By Ben Cosgrove, TIME

The original plan was for an outdoor rock festival, “three days of peace and music” in the Catskill village of Woodstock. What the young promoters got was the third largest city in New York state, population 400,000 (give or take 100,000), location Max Yasgur’s dairy farm near the town of White Lake.

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Rock Against Racism: Photographs Of The Music Revolution

By Paul Sorene, Flashbak

Terry Hall and Neville Staples of The Specials, Rock Against Racism and Anti-Nazi League Carnival, Potternewton Park, Leeds, 1981

Syd Shelton’s pictures of Rock Against Racism (1976 – 1981) take us back to when the National Front marched with confidence and racism was rife. Shelton was one of many who hoped to defeat racism with music. Under the slogan ‘Love Music, Hate Racism’ acts with multicultural audiences like The Clash, Elvis Costello, Misty in Roots, Tom Robinson, Au Pairs and The Specials played for unity. Ska, punk and reggae bands shared the same stage. It was thrilling. And to some degree it worked.

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Didn’t It Rain? On 7 May 1964 Rosetta Tharpe’s Blues And Gospel Train Thundered Into Manchester

By Paul Sorene, Flashbak

In 1964, Sister Rosetta Tharpe delivered a sensational live performance of Didn’t It Rain? in Manchester, England. Tharpe was part of the touring American Folk-Blues festival, which included such notable black American musicians as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lonnie Johnson, Otis Spann, Big Mama Thornton, Bukka White, Big Joe Williams, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Sugar Pie DeSanto and Big Joe Turner.

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