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

by Gary Johnson

“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

by Gary Johnson

On August 26, 1969, what was first billed as the 2nd Saginaw Pop Festival, but later changed to 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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2015 Michigan Hall of Fame Voting Results

The Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame is proud to announce the results of the 2015 computer vote that ended on the stroke of midnight on June 1st. Adrenalin, a popular East Detroit band from the late 70’s and early 80’s, received the greatest number of votes for induction in this year’s balloting. They were followed by The Look, another successful Detroit group that has the distinction of being the very first Motor City band to appear on MTV. Third in the vote was Mark Farner, the former frontman of 2005 inductee Grand Funk Railroad. Farner was inducted this year for his long solo career. Finishing fourth in the vote was guitarist Steve Hunter who first gained attention in the band Detroit, but is best-known for his work with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper.

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