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Subject: Re: Stevens Point, Wisconsin (?) Rock festival 1970

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Date Posted: 06:21:49 10/07/11 Fri
In reply to: Toby 's message, "Re: Stevens Point, Wisconsin (?) Rock festival 1970" on 17:53:53 04/10/07 Tue

My recollection is two-fold: the site was basically a hill and dale of unsmokeable Wisco-weed, and Ted Nugent was the biggest name. I had a miserable time because of the heat, dust and bikers. I do not think we lasted overnight.

>I eventually got it from www.newspaperarchive.com (not
>free). They charge about 8 or 9 bucks a month for a
>yearly subscription or $25.00 for one weeks use. I
>opted for the later, there were other things I wanted
>to look up. The articles are in PDF format. Based on
>the kind of typos, it appears they use OCR software to
>scan them in. Google also has >target=_blank
however the search
>result links lead to sites (many of them
>www.newspaperarchive.com) that require a one time fee
>or a subscription to view the whole article.
>I do believe it was Sunday morning when the actual
>battle occurred. I was not too far from the barn and
>one could feel a lot of tension was building up. The
>previous two days one could occasionally hear screams
>coming from the barn and there were many rumors of
>brutal rapes and other bad things going on. I
>remember some people saying we ought to do something
>and apparently they eventually did. As I said before,
>I was awoken by what sounded like firecrackers and
>the sensation of the ground rumbling. When I peered
>out of my tent there was a stampede of freaks running
>away from the general direction of the barn. I saw
>this guy I knew from the streets of Milwaukee’s
>Eastside (where I grew up). If I remember right, his
>street name was Gorilla Bob or was it Big Bob, any way
>I asked him what the hell was going on. He explained
>there had been an on going confrontation with the
>bikers and that he had just shot one with a handgun
>who had been pointing a shotgun at him (this guy was a
>dealer, a connected kind) . He said the guy dropped
>and he wasn’t sure if he was dead (he was tripping and
>very upset). I had no reason to doubt him given the
>context. There were various rumors I heard later
>about what had gone on (many of them probably false).
>Some of them involved revenge on the bikers that
>involved the trashing and burning of two motorcycles
>and the execution of their owners in the woods. I
>never read about any bodies being found in the woods
>but I’ve always wondered about the validity of those
>rumors . Back about ten years ago or more, I read
>some where that a biker had been killed at that rock
>festival but that was probably the guy who had the
>fatal motorcycle accident the newspaper article
>mentions. Anyway that led me to believe that at least
>some of the rumors I’d herd were true.
>One other thing about that Sunday morning I’ll never
>forget is while all this commotion was going on, when
>I looked towards the stage (quite some distances off)
>the bands where still playing, people where milling
>about, there was no sign most of the festival was
>aware of what was going on.
>Still, for the most part I remember having a great
>time. But the whole biker thing was a new up in your
>face kind of reality that sort of popped the Woodstock
>ambiance for me. It became apparent that if the
>counter culture was going to survive it would need to
>come to grips that in certain situations it would have
>to defend itself (man does the sound of that bring
>back memories, the rhetoric and etc.). Oh well it was
>a fantastic trip while it lasted.

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