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Texas International Pop Festival poster

The Texas International Pop Festival was a music festival held at Lewisville, Texas, on Labor Day weekend, August 30 to September 1, 1969. It occurred two weeks after Woodstock. The site for the event was the newly opened Dallas International Motor Speedway, located on the east side of Interstate Highway 35E, across from the Round Grove Road intersection.[1]

History[edit]

The festival was the brainchild of Angus G. Wynne III, son of Angus G. Wynne, the founder of the Six Flags Over Texas Amusement Park.[2][3] Wynne was a concert promoter who had attended the Atlanta International Pop Festival on the July Fourth weekend. He decided to put a festival on near Dallas, and joined with the Atlanta festival's main organizer, Alex Cooley,[4] forming the company Interpop Superfest.

Artists performing at the festival were: Canned Heat, Chicago (then called Chicago Transit Authority), James Cotton, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, Grand Funk Railroad, Incredible String Band, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Freddie King, Led Zeppelin, Herbie Mann, Nazz, Rotary Connection, Sam and Dave, Santana, Shiva's Headband, Sly and the Family Stone, Space Opera, Spirit, Sweetwater, Ten Years After, Tony Joe White and Johnny Winter.[2][3]

North of the festival site was the campground on Lewisville Lake, where hippie attendees skinny-dipped and bathed.[3][5] Also on the campground was the free stage, where some bands played after their main stage gig and several bands not playing on the main stage performed. It was on this stage that Wavy Gravy, head of the Hog Farm commune, acquired his name.[2] (At Woodstock, he was Hugh Romney.)

The Merry Pranksters, Ken Kesey's group, was in charge of the free stage and camping area. While Kesey was neither at the Texas event nor at Woodstock, his right hand man, Ken Babbs, and his psychedelic bus Further were.[6] The Hog Farm provided security, a trip tent, and free food.[7]

Attendance at the festival remains unknown, but is estimated between 120,000 and 150,000.[3][4] As with Woodstock, there were no violent crimes reported.[5][7] There was one death, due to heatstroke, and one birth.[4]

High-quality soundboard bootleg recordings of almost the entire festival are circulated on the internet.[8] Led Zeppelin's set is one of the most popular Led Zeppelin bootlegs due to the high technical and musical quality of the performance.[1]

Schedule[edit]

The Festival began at 4:00 p.m. each day. Grand Funk Railroad (announced as "Grand Funk Railway") opened all three days and played through the afternoon heat till the 4:00 p.m. opening band. BB King played all three nights and told the same jokes and stories, perhaps thinking he had a different 150,000 person crowd for each show.[9]

Saturday, August 30
  1. Canned Heat
  2. Chicago Transit Authority
  3. James Cotton Blues Band
  4. Janis Joplin
  5. B.B. King
  6. Herbie Mann
  7. Rotary Connection
  8. Sam & Dave
Sunday, August 31
  1. Chicago Transit Authority
  2. James Cotton Blues Band
  3. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
  4. The Incredible String Band
  5. B.B. King
  6. Led Zeppelin (announced as "The Led Zeppelin")[10]
  7. Herbie Mann
  8. Sam & Dave
  9. Santana
Monday, September 1
  1. Johnny Winter
  2. Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
  3. B.B. King
  4. Nazz
  5. Sly and the Family Stone
  6. Spirit
  7. Sweetwater
  8. Ten Years After
  9. Tony Joe White

Memorial[edit]

On January 29, 2010, the Texas Historical Commission approved the placement of a state historical marker near Hebron Station, a Denton County Transportation Authority train station in eastern Lewisville, close to the former site of the festival stage.[6] A benefit concert was held in Lake Dallas, Texas, on January 31, 2010, to raise the $1,500 required to pay for this marker.[11] The marker was placed at the site with a formal dedication ceremony held at the nearby train station on October 1, 2011.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wilonsky, Robert (February 5, 2010). "For Your Weekend Pleasure: Led Zeppelin Live in Lewisville In the Summer of '69". Unfair Park (Dallas Observer). 
  2. ^ a b c Young, Michael E.; Roy Appleton (August 30, 2009). "Texas International Pop Festival was full of surprises for artists, fans, onlookers". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d Head, James (February 2, 2010). "Texas International Pop Festival, 1969". Handbook of Texas (Texas State Historical Association). Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Gray, Chris (September 1, 2009). "The Forgotten Festival: The 1969 Texas International Pop Festival". Houston Press. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Associated Press (September 5, 1969). "Pop Festival The Last, Mayor Says". Reading Eagle. p. 3. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Appleton, Roy (January 31, 2010). "Tribute concert today raises funds for 1969 Lewisville pop festival's state historical marker". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Kifner, John (August 31, 1969). "Texas Pop Fans Don't Have Bethel's Problems". The New York Times. p. 46. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Texas International Pop Festival 1969 (12 Soundboard CDs)". Quality Boots. June 26, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Page 12 - Performance Schedules". Festival Program. Texas International Pop Festival. Retrieved February 6, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Texas International Pop Festival". Led Zeppelin official website. Retrieved February 6, 2009. 
  11. ^ Mariani, Anthony (January 30, 2010). "Texas Pop Festival Historical Marker". Fort Worth Weekly. 
  12. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (September 13, 2011). "At Long Last, Texas International Pop Festival In Lewisville to Receive a State Historical Marker". Unfair Park (Dallas Observer). Retrieved September 13, 2011. 

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Ultimate Classic Rock
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:37:07 -0800

Shortly after they were signed to Capitol Records in 1969, the group performed at such events as the Atlanta Pop Festival, the Texas International Pop Festival and the Strawberry Fields Festival in Canada. They released their debut album that summer ...
 
Houston Press (blog)
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:07:30 -0800

Just a couple of weeks after Woodstock in 1969, the Texas International Pop Festival set up shop at another racetrack, the Dallas International Motor Speedway in Denton County, and set the burgeoning counterculture loose in staunchly conservative North ...
 
CultureMap Dallas
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:15:26 -0800

We found some stuff from Buddy and from the Texas International Pop Festival. It was like going into the Twilight Zone. I know people have been in and out of the building since 2002, but the majority of stuff in there was intact — old Macs, IBM ...
 
100.7 WZLX Classic Rock
Sat, 31 Aug 2013 05:06:16 -0700

Led Zeppelin ripped through an hour-plus set at the Texas International Pop Festival on August 31, 1969. Their set came on the second day of the three-day festival. Janis Joplin performed on the first night of the festival, while Canned Heat and B.B ...

Dallas Morning News (blog)

Dallas Morning News (blog)
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 05:01:33 -0700

Little wonder Angus Wynne III couldn't recall where the stage stood that Labor Day weekend in 1969 – when fear and loathing, peace and love, and the Texas International Pop Festival came to town. Bands! “It doesn't matter,” he said last week near a ...
 
Dallas Morning News (blog)
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 08:06:55 -0800

Time to dig out that poster from the Texas International Pop Festival—it's worth some real money at auction—if it's the first one, not the second one. It was Labor Day weekend in 1969, just two weeks after Woodstock, and some of the biggest acts of ...
 
Dallas Observer (blog)
Tue, 13 Sep 2011 08:47:55 -0700

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized the Texas International Pop Festival as a significant part of Denton County history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker. A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held ...

Denton Record Chronicle

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:18:41 -0700

But then the title is a hat tip to the Texas International Pop Festival, staged in Denton County in 1969. The annual event on Industrial Street isn't a pop music fest in the contemporary sense. It's a celebration of classic rock, with tribute bands ...
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