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Our history in photos: The Palm Beach International Music and Arts Festival

The Thanksgiving weekend 1969 Palm Beach International Music and Arts Festival was hailed as the “first annual,” but there never was a second one. The event was marred by rain, lawsuits and scandals, but is fondly remembered by many who were there.

The festival drew 40,000 people to the 149-acre Palm Beach International Speedway, and featured Jefferson Airplane, Sly Stone, the Byrds, Grand Funk Railroad, Janis Joplin and the Rolling Stones.

Click on any of the images below to see a larger version. Read more about the festival and share your memories here at HistoricPalmBeach.com.


The caption on this photo: “The wait in the rain was worth it to these two who were among the thousands patient enough to wait for 6 a.m. Monday to arrive to see and hear Mick Jagger ant the Rolling Stones. The entertainment lineup was impressive, but some of the problems weren’t, as 133 drug overdoses and bad trips were reported.”


Dec. 1, 1969: Festival-goers who were arrested during the 1969 Palm Beach International Music and Arts Festival await their turn in Palm Beach County criminal court, handcuffed and linked together with chains.

Photos by Palm Beach Post and Evening Times staff photographers.

See more photos of the festival and video documentary trailer at oldrockphoto.com.

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Posted in Flashback blog November 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm.

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