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JA on Primrose Hill

Postby davesixties on Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:13 am

Climbed to the top of Primrose Hill in North London the other day - and realized as I looked out across the magnificent view of London below, that it was the first time I'd stood there for more than 40 years when, as a young music-mad reporter on a local newspaper, I covered a free open-air Jefferson Airport concert.
Memories came flooding back. I recall it was a rainy day for the gig, but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd (fairly small as the event had had only limited publicity).
I was trying to remember what songs the band did, but could only recall a few. I do know they did Ballad Of You Me & Pooneil, Somebody To Love, and my favourite, White Rabbit.
The lovely Grace thought we were all mad, facing up the wet weather to see them, but of course it was all worth it.
It's a shame the concert never ended up being recorded.
Has anyone else fond memories of an open Jefferson concert?
I might add, JA had wowed everyone at the Isle of Wight music festival the same year, 1968, and sealed their popularity among a growing number of fans in England.
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Re: JA on Primrose Hill

Postby usedtobebabson on Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:38 am

I never saw JA for free. I saw them once at Tanglewood, Mass on Aug 12th, 1969, 4 days before Woodstock.

I did see Big Brother and the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin) in '68 where the admission was 1 dollar, at the U of Mass.

We had some impromtu "Love-ins' in '67/'68 where there were some free guitars and bands, of whom I cannot recall. Yes and the "Pigs" would show up to break it up.
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Re: JA on Primrose Hill

Postby redrabid on Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:05 pm

JA did play in England in 1968. In London while touring Europe. And JA did play at the Isle of Wight festival, but that was in 1970.
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Re: JA on Primrose Hill

Postby okeedoe on Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:06 pm

JA performed at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1968 .The man knows what's he talking about.
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Re: JA on Primrose Hill

Postby plasticfantastic on Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:03 pm

usedtobebabson wrote:I never saw JA for free. I saw them once at Tanglewood, Mass on Aug 12th, 1969, 4 days before Woodstock.


I've seen the poster for that show... weren't The Who there? I may be thinking of a different one, but I'm pretty sure they were on the poster...
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Re: JA on Primrose Hill

Postby usedtobebabson on Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:00 am

The Who and B.B. King with JA as the headliner.

There was some free stuff on that train in Canada in 1970. JA wasn't there though, the Dead and Joplin and the Band were.
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Re: JA on Primrose Hill

Postby EmbryonicRabbit68 on Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:54 am

The Who were the only one that were at both the '69 and '70 Tanglewood festivals.The 1970 one also had Jethro Tull and I think Chicago(dont hold me to that though), and the footage of the whole 1970 festival showed up, but none from 1969.Again, another event that the Airplane were related to or a part of, but their entire(or sometimes none of their) set has yet to appear in film.That really annoys me.
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Re: JA on Primrose Hill

Postby redrabid on Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:08 am

Sorry, you're right. Never too old to learn; don't write down, what you're not sure of. I mixed Isle of Wight up with the Bath Festival. A sign of old age or a legacy of those druggy 60s?
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Re: JA on Primrose Hill

Postby usedtobebabson on Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:32 am

No footage from '69 Tanglewood? That figures. I had snuck into the press area and was right under the stage. I'm not meant to be on the silver screen :(
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Re: JA on Primrose Hill

Postby Susan Butcher on Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:35 pm

Primrose Hill would have been the closest I've ever come to them.
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Re: JA on Primrose Hill

Postby starfire II on Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:08 pm

Lots of information about Isle Of Wight '68, and Bath '70 - including reviews, cuttings, setlists and first-hand reminiscences - can be found at www.ukrockfestivals.com. Well worth a look.
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Re: JA on Primrose Hill

Postby kanny on Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:32 am

Hmm looking from the site looks like it only has archives of past rock festivals. Was hoping to see if there were any new uk rock festival in the next few months. Im hitting it up in UK in 4 months time! :D
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Re: JA on Primrose Hill

Postby anne1234567 on Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:27 pm

hoping to see if there were any new uk rock festival in the next few months. :D
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