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1967 Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by shnaggletooth, Feb 28, 2014.

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  1. shnaggletooth

    shnaggletooth Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Any known recordings from this music festival?


    The KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival was an event held June 10 and 11th, 1967 at the 4,000 seat Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre high on the south face of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California. At least 36,000 people attended the two-day concert and fair that was the first of a series of San Francisco area cultural events known as the Summer of Love.[1] The Fantasy Fair was influenced by the popular Renaissance Pleasure Faire and became a prototype for large scale multi-act outdoor rock music events now known as rock festivals.[2][3]

    Saturday, June 10
    Sunday, June 11
  2. Abbagold

    Abbagold Working class hero

    New Orleans
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  3. Further

    Further Forum Resident

    Ontario, Canada
    Thanks for that. Really interesting reading all the comments. Too bad that the footage is lost and apparently, no audio has survived. Hopefully, something surfaces at some point but it doesn't sound promising. It certainly would make for an enjoyable time capsule trip back in time....
  4. She is anyway

    She is anyway Well-Known Member

    Minnesota, USA
    We hope you enjoyed The Doors. Now let's hear it for Miss Dionne Warwick!
  5. Clarkophile

    Clarkophile Up in T.O. keepin' jive alive

    Would love to see some pics from the Merry-Go-Round set.
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  8. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

    JAMES – You played a show a couple of weeks before Monterey. The Byrds were there – what was the name of that one?

    RICHARD – Fantasy Fair And Magic Mountain Music Festival.

    EMITT – Yeah, I remember the biker girls with their butts hanging out.

    JAMES – Even then, huh?

    EMITT – Well, yeah, they weren’t wearing underwear.

    JAMES – Oh my.

    EMITT – And they had holes in their jeans. And I thought, well, that’s really hip.

    JAMES – Okay, let me ask you this. When you transitioned from playing with the band to doing everything yourself . . .

    EMITT – You get real introspective, you start talking to yourself.

    JAMES – . . . then all of a sudden, you’re not out in front of the biker girls unless you bring a band along to play your stuff with you.

    EMITT – Oh. Oh!

    JAMES – It seems like it’s sort of counter-intuitive.

    EMITT – Yeah, I was a married man.

    RICHARD – The Merry-Go-Round was the only band that played both nights.

    EMITT – I may have. I don’t remember. Most of that was, you know, you get put in the back seat, and you get hauled off someplace, and there’s the stage, and there’s things that I recall, but it’s all incidental-type stuff, you know, like the biker girls with no underwear and the holes in their pants. And the motorcycles through the crowds, you know, stuff like that.

    Other than that, you get up on stage and do what you rehearsed, you know. It’s basically, it’s a show. You got a format of songs that you follow, and you play that, and you know what your encore’s going to be, and you know when you go on and when you come off, and the rest of it’s all, you know, the in-between.

    RICHARD – Most bands are probably too busy doing their own things to have time to see anyone else’s.

    EMITT – Oh yeah.

    RICHARD – With 10 or 15 bands coming and going all day, it’s not easy for them to even meet.

    EMITT – Yeah right, I heard ya.

    RICHARD – “You mean, you show biz people don’t all know each other?”

    EMITT – You’re setting your stuff up, you’re making sure your instruments are in tune, you’re, you know, whatever.

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  9. tymespan

    tymespan Forum Resident

    Silent 8MM footage of the Seeds, Airplane, Country Joe & the Byrds

  10. Ignatius

    Ignatius Forum Resident

    Spanky and Our Gang jammin' with Mount Rushmore? Could have happened! Those Spanky guys were sharp musicians, not just singers.
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  11. bosskeenneat

    bosskeenneat Forum Resident

    A lot of these festivals, as well as the Dick Clark/Murray the K touring acts from the earlier era, are frustrating to read about because they were jam-packed with all kinds of musical treats. The 50's & 60's were such a never-to-be-repeated blockbuster in terms of talent, but audio,video & often even photos are non-existent, simply because the Steve Allen/Mitch Miller heads of the labels at the time insisted this was all "worthless junk the kids like....no need for fuss taping anything; It'll be just a laughable memory before you know it".:realmad::cussing:
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  12. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    I believe this is the one where Beefheart got dosed with acid and flipped out on stage, falling off and ending the set?
    the story is that Ry was livid that, after all the rehearsing, things fell apart so thoroughly.
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  13. ShockControl

    ShockControl Bon Vivant and Raconteur!

    Lotus Land
    Steve Allen. What a square.

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  14. jamesmaya

    jamesmaya Senior Member

    Mudwest, CA
    Probably my all-time favorite Stanley Mouse poster was the one that he did for this festival

  15. Sternodox

    Sternodox SubGenius Pope of Arkansas

  16. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    Every act on that bill for both days is of some interest.

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  17. Siegmund

    Siegmund Vinyl Sceptic

    Britain, Europe
    Never heard of this festival before, so thanks for bringing it to my attention. :)
  18. signothetimes53

    signothetimes53 Forum Resident

    Burlington VT USA

    Wow, I've never seen that video before, thank you!

    Steve Allen was remarkably hip. Lumping him in with Mitch Miller is way off the mark.
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  20. ShockControl

    ShockControl Bon Vivant and Raconteur!

    Lotus Land
    HA HA! Gotta agree with Steve on this one!
  21. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

    Sacramento CA USA
    I remember posting about this festival on another thread...just an amazing line-up of artists, before there was such a rigid divide between underground rock and pop (I like both!) I first discovered this concert back in the early 90s when I found a book of rock posters and saw one for this...I really did a double-take when seeing the list of musicians appearing.

    And to think when it went down I was a few miles away (at the time I was in sixth grade and had little interest in music!)
  22. Lightworker

    Lightworker Forum Resident

    Deep Texas
    A brief flash of P.F. Sloan's solo acoustic set is in there too.
  23. Lightworker

    Lightworker Forum Resident

    Deep Texas
    Unlike Woodstock, where I could live without 40-50% of the acts who performed.
  24. Lightworker

    Lightworker Forum Resident

    Deep Texas
    Or the Magic Band set, where a stoned Captain Beefheart fell off the stage and Ry Cooder quit the band.
  25. WayOutWardell

    WayOutWardell Forum Resident

    Man, there are some great quotes in that RS article!
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