2nd Atlanta International Pop Festival …

… turns 50. July 3 – 5, 1970.

The 3-day rock festival was held in a soybean field next to the Middle George Raceway in Byron. Governor Lester Maddox didn’t like hippies and tried mightily to stop the event. He couldn’t but he did get legislation passed that made it almost impossible to do outdoor concerts. Thus, a 3rd Atlanta International Pop Festival never happened.

Spirit releases their debut album on January 22, 1968. The album was a mainstay of progressive rock radio in the late-60’s/early 70’s. And, the track “Taurus” has been one of major controversy over the years. The guitar part of is said to have influenced Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page in writing “Stairway to Heaven.

Listen and decide for yourself.

 

Spirit releases their debut album on January 22, 1968. The album was a mainstay of progressive rock radio in the late-60’s/early 70’s. And, the track “Taurus” has been one of major controversy over the years. The guitar part of is said to have influenced Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page in writing “Stairway to Heaven”. Listen decide for yourself.