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|THE HOLLYWOOD FESTIVAL.
May 23rd and 24th 1970.
YOUNG ENTERPRISE AT THE COPPICE.
“THE HOLLYWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL BOXED SET ”
The Young Enterprise companies
at the Coppice Special School in Newcastle-under-Lyme specialise in designing
and producing badges and T-shirts, and other promotional products for their
customers, but being a school based company means that the world of academia
has to have a say too!
So as part of their History/Humanities
studies the companies have become involved in a local history/’pop culture’
project. This involves a trip back to the later part of the 20th Century, back
to the days of their parents and maybe grandparents’ youth; 1970. This
is a project that bridges the generations, bringing together three tiers of
The HOLLYWOOD MUSIC BOX SET incorporates Young Enterprise products, badges and T-shirts, as well as containing an historical time capsule of the weekend of May 23rd and 24th 1970, when North Staffordshire saw its own Woodstock festival of Music, Love and Peace.
The most outstanding feature
of the festival was an unknown band, at the time, MUNGO JERRY, who had just
released their first single; "In The Summertime".
It went on to be a number one hit in over 23 countries around the world and has sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide.
THE HOLLYWOOD MUSIC FESTIVAL BOX SET
The box set comprises:
A DVD OF FILM FOOTAGE OF THE FESTIVAL, PLUS ADDITIONAL MATERIAL.
1. Bob Colover’s film of the Hollywood Music Festival (from colour silent 8mm footage, approx’ 4 minutes long). It features the following artists: The Radha Krishna Temple, Screaming Lord Sutch, Family, and The Grateful Dead, plus fleeting shots of John Peel, the stage etc.
2. ‘THE POWER BEHIND’ from Channel 4. A short 3 minute film about Eliot Cohen and Ray Dorset (Mungo Jerry)
3. ‘POP GOES SUMMER’; Brian Mate’s film of the Hollywood Music Festival (from colour silent 8mm footage, with added soundtrack, approx’ 9 minutes). It features the following artists; (the Hell’s Angels), Ginger Baker’s Airforce, The Radha Krishna Temple, The Grateful Dead, Free, plus lots of crowd footage etc.
4. MUNGO JERRY FOOTAGE (circa
1970/1971) from ‘IN THE RAW’ DVD.
A REPRODUCTION FESTIVAL PROGRAMME.
A 100 PAGE BOOK OF FESTIVAL
100 PAGE A4 BOOK
(AKA MUNGO JERRY)
This book documents and captures the true spirit of what was a most legendary, extraordinary and special British Music Festival, it brings back cherished memories to my self and I hope that it does so for all those that have the good fortune to own it and were a part of what was a truly great weekend, and for those who were not there on this 1970 Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend, I hope that it manages to move you in such a way that you also feel that you were part of this wonderful weekend.
First, when I say extraordinary, to my mind in retrospect it was, significantly because the whole event was masterminded and put together by three young guys that were at the time barely in their twenties and to me I find this most inspirational as this demonstrates what can be achieved by actually acting on an idea.
Legendary, because to me the fact that The Grateful Dead were headlining the whole event they were at the spearhead of the great hippie ethic of love and peace and the optimism of all like thinkers that through music and spiritual awareness ' we could change the world ' and although the complete ethic was sucked up by multi national corporations, we somehow did and the spirit has now rolled on to another, maybe two generations. Eliot Cohen, one of the organisers, was personally responsible for inviting Grateful Dead to make their first ever Festival appearance outside the USA.
Special, well to me it was, not only by the fact that it was the first ever gig that I played in the name of Mungo Jerry, but also because of the fact that the band was a complete unknown, and, though I say it myself, and in the eyes of the media, stole the show in face of such famous artists that were on the same bill, also contrary to any reports, I did not sing 'In the Summertime' on any of the two Mungo Jerry performances.
Whenever I am asked by interviewers to describe any of the highlights of my career, the first thing that comes into my head is the Hollywood Festival, and if this was the only gig that I ever played then I would be truly thankful to have been on the bill. I thank everybody who was there for giving Mungo Jerry such a wonderful reception and also for the kindness of the truly great, late, John Peel for playing ‘In the Summertime’ on the radio and having us on his show after the event.
Eliot Cohen was equally proud to take part in such a momentous event and was equally delighted in having booked us on the first day and asked us to perform a second time on the Sunday. That in itself was a record.
you Garry, and the Coppice Young Enterprise students and staff, Jill and Julie,
for including me in this historical document.
Love and Peace,
Boxed set plus items