Sunday, September 2, 2012
40 Year Itch : The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival
Is this the rock fest that killed the Woodstock nation?
The Erie Canal Soda Pop fest on Indiana's Bull Island certainly drew a huge crowd -- an estimated 200,00 hippies who came from all over the country Labor Day Weekend of 1972 to see Santana, Foghat, Canned Heat , Black Sabbath, the Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Joe Cocker and Nazareth.
That's not who showed up though.
Black Sabbath was a no show. So were the Allman Brothers. Nobody saw Fleetwood Mac. When Joe Cocker saw the crowd he reportedly asked for more money and left when organizers turned him down.
The traffic was a nightmare.
So were the drugs. Somebody was selling bleach. Two people died. And it rained.
One very entertaining blogger who claims to have been there writes:
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would swear that the festival was a set-up, a sort of psyops to put an end to the ideal of the Woodstock nation. If it wasn't, then it was the biggest f**k up in the history of rock festival promotions.