In The Summer Of '69, New Jersey Had Its Own Woodstock - The Atlantic City Pop Festival
By Kristen|Published November 10, 2020
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Before there was Woodstock, there was the Atlantic City Pop Festival in New Jersey. The iconic summer of ’69 is known for several things – the Stonewall Riots began (June 28th), Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon (July 20th), the Manson murders made headlines (August 8-9), the Miracle Mets began a comeback that would lead them to the World Series (August 14th), and from August 15th-18th, one of the world’s most storied music festivals took place on a farm in Bethel, New York. That festival was Woodstock.
If you attended the event or are familiar with stories, please share with us in the comments! The Atlantic City Pop Festival deserves attention (and maybe a documentary or two, if any producers are reading). Though the festival didn’t get as much media coverage as it deserved, Rolling Stone DID call Janis Joplin’s performance at the event one of her best ever. You can see a short clip in the video below from YouTube user CraZyFranK:
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