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Best CDs of 2015: Two Views

Stop the presses! MRRL’s annual listing of the Best of 2015 once again features the informed and unbiased opinions of Mid-Michigan’s Dr. J and Metro Detroit’s Larry Van Cleve.

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Tale Of Two Michigan Pop Festivals (The End Of An Era)

“We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden” - Joni Mitchell

Michigan hosted over a dozen successful music festivals in 1969. With the images and sounds of Woodstock in the air and in the marketplace, it seemed that 1970 could be a prime year to offer more such events to rock and roll lovers across the state. But by the end of August, the festival scene in Michigan was on life support; a victim of the courts, conservative politicians, law enforcement, a fearful public, and the callousness of festival attendees. This is a tale of two of them: Goose Lake in Jackson County and Super Tuesday in Bay County.

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Bay City's 1st Michigan Pop Festival

On August 26, 1969, what was billed as the 1st Michigan Pop Festival became the biggest rock and roll event in Bay City, Michigan, up to that time. It drew an estimated 4,000 music lovers to Roll-Air on State Park Drive for a day-long show that featured some of the state’s finest bands.

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