festival at the Isle of Wight was to Europe what Woodstock was to the USA.
Many problems came about as more rock fans than tickets available came
to this usually peaceful island just off the coast of Portsmouth, England.
The festival was held at East Afton farm in Freshwater, on the 13- by 23-mile
island off the coast of Southern England. This was considered the last
monster tribal gathering -- the five-day 1970 Isle of Wight Festival --
where 600,000 mostly stoned flower children turned ugly in obnoxious displays
of hippie self-righteousness."
of the biggest rock stars of the time appeared at this festival including
The Who, Free, Donovan, Ten Years After, The Moody Blues, Joni Mitchell,
Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen and Jethro Tull, and ELP. Jimi Hendrix and Jim
Morrison of the Doors made their last live stage appearance here.
played through the madness of this giant concert where those who did not
have tickets rushed and crashed the gates. 'Taste Live at the Isle of
Wight' has some wonderful songs by Rory Gallagher and a cover for blues
star Broonzy in "I Feel So Good."