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#1 redflip

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Posted June 14 2004 - 06:56 AM

That was the name of a three day rock festival held in Louisiana back in the summer of 1971. I was wondering if there was anyone else here who attended.
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Posted June 16 2004 - 01:27 PM

Was up in Vermont at earth peoples park that summer,
have you done a google search on the subject???
I have found about 10 people now that I knew from the park by looking around on the web.

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#3 redflip

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Posted June 17 2004 - 04:00 AM

I've done other searches and have found one or two people who attended. I guess I thought this forum might have some members old enough to have been there too.

The older I get, the more nostalgic I am about the late 60's, early 70's. Probably just my mid-life crisis raising it's ugly head. Either that or male menopause ;o)

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Posted June 17 2004 - 05:42 AM

Summer of 71 I was rather busy overseas.I never even heard of that concert.I'll bet it was good.
"Somethins happenin' here...what it is ain't exactly clear...there's a man with a gun over there...a tellin' me..I've got to beware...."

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Posted June 29 2004 - 03:35 PM

I was there!! My company Jackson Sound Studios recorded it live. I still have all the masters .. What a flashback!!

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Posted June 29 2004 - 08:37 PM

Cool.It is a small world.
"Somethins happenin' here...what it is ain't exactly clear...there's a man with a gun over there...a tellin' me..I've got to beware...."

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Posted June 30 2004 - 04:31 AM

I was there!! My company Jackson Sound Studios recorded it live. I still have all the masters .. What a flashback!!


Hey Delta,

I knew there had to somebody on here that attended besides me! I'd love to talk to you about the recordings. I remember there were some film crews there too and they were going to make a documentary. I've never been able to track that one though.

PEACE!
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Posted July 05 2004 - 11:28 AM

I was there and am trying to write a memoir about it. Any details would be helpful! Do you remember which bands played?

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Posted July 06 2004 - 07:24 PM

I have all the names of artist that played on the masters. There were a lot that had to go to other gigs. We were at the Holiday Inn for what seemed like weeks. The fest was to start I think about a week before. Will have to dig up some old paperwork..:H I have one of the posters somewhere..

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Posted July 13 2004 - 09:12 AM

Delta, legally can you make up some cd's of it and sell them ? I'd love to hear it.
:D Peace ~ Pass it on !!

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Posted July 21 2004 - 02:05 AM

There are no plans for release at present. I may however pull some takes and play them on my stream.. Just got to get up the nerve to play tha tapes! They are unmixed and pretty rough. It would make for an interesting radio show..:D
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Posted September 13 2004 - 03:32 PM

My,my! That was a festival in Louisiana! A VW bus load of us drove down from ATL.It was fun,but...a lot of the bands were no shows. Chuck Berry played,I think Stephen Stills(??) got on stage and told everyone to go on home 'cause it was a ripoff. Other than that I had a great time! Lotsa good buzzes,playing in the river(it was incredibly hot!)folks camping all over,selling their wares.I was oh so young then,the world was a new and exciting place.People really cared for each other,we were truly 'brothers & sisters'! Yes,I'm glad I came up in that era!

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Posted September 13 2004 - 04:54 PM

I wish I could find one of the original posters from that fest. It gave all the artist that were to be there. Most were there.. ei Stones, Eric Clapton, etc. The fest started about a week, maybe two later than scheduled. this was due to a bunch of legal hassels with the state and state police. We were all stuck at the Holiday Inn in Baton Rouge A lot of the artist had other gigs and could not come back after it started. I believe over 200,000 people showed showed up!! there was very little fresh water and very few porta johns! :eek:
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Posted November 25 2004 - 09:29 PM

:cool: Does anyone remember this fest?


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Posted December 03 2004 - 01:21 AM

No, but I would have loved to have attended .

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Posted December 03 2004 - 09:41 AM

Another good one:

August 30, 1969 - September 1, 1969 Dallas International Speedway

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Also read Emerson's "Self Reliance" and "Nature"


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Posted December 03 2004 - 09:48 AM

Wow a show like that in ATL would be to good to be true it would seem....


It was a little before my time but that would have been cool as hell if that woulda went off like it was supposed to.


Fuckin' Dave Brubeck........

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Posted January 16 2005 - 06:23 PM

I was there :] I could write a book about the experience. Folks love to hear my stories about sneaking in past the bikers who were carrying brass knuckles and shotguns. The rain, the mud, the heat, the acid.. the ?? We survived!
I've been trolling the net for any kind of memorabelia, esp. pics.
Does anyone have any photos, posters? Pleeze?

Here are some photos: www.whitecloudworkshop.com/mccrea/

Here are some of the bands in the lineup but only a few actually played:

June 21-28, 1971
The Celebration of Life Festival, that continued until day 28, in McCrea, Louisiana, United States, with more than 50 thousand people; sets of ten of small groups had been presented, in its majority composites for blacks; known only John Sebastian, Chuck Barry, War, Jimmy Witherspoon, Stoneground, Bloodrock, The Amboy Dukes.
At the CELEBRATION OF LIFE rock festival in Pointe Coupe Parish,
Louisiana back about 1971 or 72 the whole region was inundated with
rain. But the teeming crowds around the stage got together as the rain
rolled in and chanted with clear intent to have the rain miss them. The
clouds parted overhead and it rained all around but not on the rock
festival. No miracle. Clouds respond very well to intent, that's all.
Life force in general responds to intent.
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Time Magazine
07-12-71
The Nation
Mud, Sweat and Tears in Louisiana
Jul. 12, 1971
It was billed as a "celebration of life," but the Louisiana rock festival near the town of McCrea may have marked the end of what began at Woodstock as a beatific American experience and deteriorated into something violent at Altamont and vapid at Powder Ridge. Last week's festival, which lasted only four days instead of the announced eight, was an American nightmare. To begin with, the festival was postponed for three days while the promoters wallowed in legal mire. The kids amused themselves by making human mud pies and bathing in the nude. Two youths drowned in the fast-rushing Atchafalaya River. State undercover narcotics agents circulated in the crowd and made more than 100 busts. One youth died in a hospital tent from a drug overdose. Meanwhile, dazed with blistering heat, and stultifying humidity, the estimated 50,000 youths who gathered to see Country Joe McDonald and John Sebastian were also choked by dust. For the Woodstock Nation, McCrea was a bleak experience of mud, sweat and tears.
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1971 - 50,000 attended the Celebration of Life rock concert, in McCrea, Louisana.
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28 Giugno 1971
Celebration of Life, Cypress Pointe Plantation, McCrea, vicino a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Con Amboy Dukes, BB King, Allman Brothers, Canned Heat, Chambers Brothers, Chuck Berry, Country Joe McDonald, Flyng Burrito Brothers, Ike & Tina Turner, It's A Beautiful Day, John Lee Hooker, Richie Havens, Roland Kirk e Taj Mahal

also Black Oak Arkasas, Savoy Brown, Ike and Tina Turner

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Posted May 24 2005 - 09:07 AM

I did not make the festival. But, I had several people crash at the farm on the way to and from the festival. All reports were good, (and muddy) as I recall.
How about some of that music? Is that possible?
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Posted August 26 2005 - 06:50 PM

small world - funny how you meet people at these things to be reunited....my mother and one of her closest "adult" friends were up late one night talking only to realize that they had met 25 years earlier at a joan baez concert where vince had brought a basket full of homemade bread to pass out to other listeners...my mother remembers him bringing the basket over to her and sharing some with her....funny thing is that they did not exchange names or see eachother until they were both married with kids who happened to grow up together, living in an entirely different part of the country - i hope that i might be able to share in these type of memories throughout my life too, peace
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Posted October 28 2005 - 09:57 PM

I just googled "Celebration of Life" and was happy to see this forum and hear from others that were at the festival! I also found it funny on how many different takes there were on the same few days.

I was there, with about 11 others - ages 18 to 23 +/-, all from Jersey. What an experience! One I'll never forget and am glad I got to experience!!!

First we stopped in a small town on our way there to get some snacks and everyone came out of their stores to look at the hippies. Then we were told there was a delay, so to stay put. We were sent to a state park, where the locals did not like our arrival, so they road past us all night, giving us a hard time! That was scarey.

Then the next night we made it to the spot for the concert, but it was still delayed, so they lined all our cars along a levy, where we stayed that night. The next day we finally got to set up camp in the festival grounds and then had a blast!! Swam naked in the river, went mud sliding, listened to what bands did decide to stay (most left because of the delay). Had a good time with the love of my life and a lot of good friends. (I have to admit, I was high for most of it, so I don't remember a lot of the 4 or 5 days!)

When we got home we were told the festival made the news and there was suppose to be all kinds of violence there, etc. We didn't experience any of that. We just had a great time getting away, listening to music, and being with friends! I'm glad I went and I'm glad I got to grow up in that type of environment. Does anyone know of any posters or any other memorabilia that can be purchased from that festival?

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Posted October 29 2005 - 04:41 PM

28 Giugno 1971
Celebration of Life, Cypress Pointe Plantation, McCrea, vicino a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Con Amboy Dukes, BB King, Allman Brothers, Canned Heat, Chambers Brothers, Chuck Berry, Country Joe McDonald, Flyng Burrito Brothers, Ike & Tina Turner, It's A Beautiful Day, John Lee Hooker, Richie Havens, Roland Kirk e Taj Mahal e altri.
I promoters del "Toronto Rock & Roll Revival", dell'Atlanta Pop Festival" e del "New Orleans Pop Festival" unirono le forze per organizzare un ambizioso progetto: un festival di otto giorni (21-28.6.71) su un'appartata penisola del fiume Atchafalaya. Fin dall'inizio ci furono problemi: gli organizzatori non riuscirono a ottenere il permesso per l'apertura del festival fino al 23 giugno; il primo concerto si tenne solo il giorno seguente e la manifestazione chiuse i battenti il 27, dopo una non stop notturna cui pare i Pink Floyd non abbiano partecipato. L'evento terminĂ² un giorno prima a seguito dell'invasione di due bande di motociclisti. Alcuni di loro furono accusati di tentato omicidio, istigazione alla rissa e aggressione a pubblico ufficiale.

from http://www.pinkfloydsound.it/1971.htm

hard to find any links to this fest but I really wanted to see who played.

edit:oops, had only got to page one of this thread before I had to run off and google it. so anyway....
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Posted January 06 2006 - 11:06 PM

Hi Virgin Post here is anyone still listening (I guess I do give it up that easy)? I was there. Does not sound as if Delta"whatever" was there though by this comment "It gave all the artist that were to be there. Most were there.. ei Stones, Eric Clapton, etc.". Clapton or the Stones were not and to the best of my memories were never supposed to be there.

Will be happy to post some memories (bands played, exp etc) if anyone is still paying attention.
I also have searched for a post (used to have one) on eBay for years with no luck. Cheers Peace fred
PS Sorry but I for one do not believe you can have a rock festival in a football stadium.

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Posted January 08 2006 - 06:04 AM

I was there! I remember that there was a lot of no shows for bands. The only way to get food was to hike about a half of mile to a country store. Only three or four people were allowed in the store at one time. Still have my Celebration of Life T-shirt!

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Posted January 08 2006 - 06:14 AM

"Delta, legally can you make up some cd's of it and sell them ? I'd love to hear it."

Yeah, Me too!

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Posted January 18 2006 - 11:43 AM

I have been searching the internet for others who were at this festival. Finally found this link.


I came out from California with other artists to sell our wares. I know there was a delay and that some bands cancelled, but I mostly remember a great time by the river with some amazing people.

Some memories:
Watching a simultaneous fireworks display and heat lightning show on the opposite horizon. It was hard to know which way to look.
Seeing a French girl pee standing up like a guy.
Camping in the rain. There was a fierce storm one night.

After the festival, my friends and I (along with an unlucky hitchhiker) were arrested in New Orleans (We were stopped for an alleged tail light out, but I think it was just our VW Microbus). We were thrown directly into Parish Prison where we spent 7 days and nights, and only released because one of the guys I was with got off a lucky phone call...but that's another story.

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Posted January 18 2006 - 02:29 PM

I went there in a VW bus also.I remember guys in rental trucks selling drugs out of the back and then throwing free candy to the crowd. Some great Thai and schrooms.The only band I remember was "It's A Beautiful Day". They were coming on at sunrise as I was coming down. We had made several candles to pay for our way from Texas to Florida including our stop at C.O.L. I remember lots of good times there,to bad other people didn't.

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Posted January 18 2006 - 02:47 PM

Another good one:

August 30, 1969 - September 1, 1969 Dallas International Speedway

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I want to thank you for the poster it sure helps my memory and will prove to my son his poor old dad is not crazy. Or maybe not completly.Still alive and well in Texas.

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Posted January 19 2006 - 02:28 AM

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Posted February 18 2006 - 10:50 AM

Awesome memories there folks! My parents stuck out LA with young kids weren't able to attend anything after the 60's ended. I'm sure they would have had responsibilities been put on the back burner and we drifted around but.....

Would be awesome if these old promoters looking to reawaking their love of concerts could put together another Celebration of Life, keep the corporate sponsorship down to a minimum (or just the socially responsible companies) and pull in a few of the more lib artists for a three day festival (mix of old music, electronica, world beats, local talents, etc). Damn that would be so sweet not quite but a taste of the old times.

Eh...just a dream I have.



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