Newport '69 Remembered

Kevin Roderick recalls

L.A.'s forgotten Woodstock, a three-day open-air concert in Northridge

that still brings smiles to its participants. In his L.A. Observed

entry, Roderick recalls that "Jimi Hendrix jammed with Buddy Miles on

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Sunday afternoon in a session still bootlegged around the Internet,

neighbors were calling the hippie invasion of the San Fernando Valley a

'holocaust,' cops and overdosed teens were in hospitals, and officials

were looking to blame somebody."

Roderick's recollections are

yet another a reminder that pre-Bradley Los Angeles was not at all a

socially and politically barren landscape ruled by cops and Birchers --

the kind of city that left the peace demonstrations and free concerts

to Golden Gate Park. Outsider music was heard by the young masses from

Devonshire Downs to Elysian Park, and protests against war were just as

much a part of the city's fabric as they were of San Francisco's.


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