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Subject: Re: Stevens Point, Wisconcin Rock festival 1970

Greg M
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Date Posted: 15:47:45 02/10/13 Sun
In reply to: Richard B 's message, "Re: Stevens Point, Wisconcin Rock festival 1970" on 06:24:18 02/21/12 Tue

I hitchhiked from Minn,MN. Only had about $20 dollars in my pocket and was charged $5 to enter from some biker. He gave me a wrist band to put on and told me to keep it on or I would get my ass kicked. I remember the incident, for I was sleeping in a sleeping bag on top of the hill that was being approached by the bikers. I woke up and heard someone yelling that the bikers raped some women last night. I grab the biggest rock I could quickly grabbed and threw it down the hill toward the bikers. I remember them retreating and one of their bikes would not start. The bike got trashed. If memory serves me right, Buffy St Marie played shortly after. I was pretty much buzzed during the whole festival. I just can't believe it has been over 40 years since.
>I drove in from Milwaukee with a group of my friends
>and we left midway through day two. We felt the entire
>event was a bummer, the location was a bummer, the
>sound was a bummer and the attitudes were a bummer. I
>have attended Atlantic City in 1969 as well as the
>Moratorium in DC and several other "festivals" and
>frankly the choice of bands coupled with the piss poor
>organization of the event lead to the disastrous
>consequences. The only band I remember from the show
>were the Asbury Dukes which says alot.
>>>Does anyone know who played at the Stevens Point
>>>festival of 1970? I was there,but to high to remember
>>>anything about it.
>>Nobody else mentioned the Steve Miller Band or Sly and
>>the Family Stone. Buffy Ste. Marie (already
>>mentioned) was fantastic.
>>The whole thing went south when the shooting started.
>>We'd heard about the bikers charging people money to
>>get water from the Army-style potable water truck,
>>which was supposed to be free, and there were rumors
>>about bikers raping women, but no one knew for sure.
>>Suddenly there was shouting and running, and then
>>pop-pop-popping. I knew it was gunfire but was very
>>high and completely unarmed, so I didn't want to go
>>near it. A much braver friend of mine heard from
>>people running away what was happening and ran toward
>>the commotion. He told me later that he was part of
>>an enraged group who ran the bikers out. He threw
>>rocks at bikers who had guns.
>>I went to the stage to try to find out what was
>>happening. A Jimi Hendrix lookalike wearing some sort
>>of US flag costume was on stage trying to whip up the
>>crowd into doing something, but people just milled
>>around. I don't think he got the message across that
>>there was violence going on to people who didn't
>>already know.
>>I decided to go back to the tent where my girlfriend
>>was when I saw a wounded man walking toward me. He'd
>>been shot in the upper right chest just below the
>>shoulder and was bleeding, but not heavily. From the
>>look on his face, he was in shock. He had no idea
>>where he was or where he was going. I wish I'd done
>>something for him.
>>My girlfriend and I headed out on foot and hitchhiked
>>back to Illinois.

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