We miss those fantasy concerts and we bet you do to and so we have put together a very special event 'psychstock' using many of our live albums from the late 60's and early 70's and have created a soundtrack album to that other 3 day music festival in 1969 that never happened but should have.
|The psychstock soundtrack album|
While Woodstock tends to get all of attention there was another 3 day music festival in 1969 that the organizers promised and promoted as the biggest musical gathering of a generation and on paper and on the posters they printed for the event the lineup of talent assembled was truly a who's who of the 60's music scene. It seemed only the Beatles were missing and rumors were rampant that the Fab 4 might make an appearance.
|psychstock poster 1969|
In the days before the show as fans began to show up in droves and pitch camp it began to be apparent that even with many of the headlining acts cancelling the audience was going to be very large. How large was anyone's guess at the time and as it turned out the massive crowd rivaled and even surpassed Woodstock. No one was prepared for that and when the rain that weekend turned to mud the stage was set for disaster but just as at Woodstock the psychstock audience found some common ground in the music and peace and love won the day.
|On the way to psychstock|
|The forecast calls for rain and apparently pants are optional|
|The Brown Acid is to be avoided|
|Traffic forced many to abandon their cars and walk|
|Getting ready for the music|
|Ladies and Gentleman Grand Funk Railroad|
Saturday began cloudy but then the heavens opened and a torrential rain fell nonstop all day but all of the rain and wind did not deter or dampen the spirits of the audience and if anything it galvanized them and the music was even better than on Friday. Saturday Melanie greeted the wet beautiful people followed by CSN&Y, Cactus, Ten Years After, The Chambers Brothers, Sly & The Family Stone and Procol Harum. Severe lightning, wind and rain forced Jimi Hendrix to postpone his Saturday headlining set and everyone held tight and tried their best to ride out the storm through a very scary night that tested many souls.
Sunday morning the festival grounds were a sea of mud when the sun finally returned as did Jimi. Jimi was on fire to start the day and every performer and act rose to the occasion as the audience ignored the mud and let the music take them somewhere else. The Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Johnny Winter and the Moody Blues made everyone forget about all of the festival problems and the weather and everyone was so into the music that during the Moodies set you could hear a pin drop during 'Nights In White Satin'. Many felt this festival was better than its better known big brother and even today, when few reference or remember it, those that attended will tell you psychstock was life changing.
|Just memories and trash|
They say if you can remember the 60's you weren't there but if you you weren't at psychstock you can listen to the soundtrack below and begin to understand why it was no poor man's Woodstock.