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Allman Brothers Band, Joe South, Mother Earth: Piedmont Music Festival, Atlanta

Miller Francis Jr., The Great Speckled Bird, 27 October 1969

FRIDAY AFTERNOON was almost frightening — all those big names, the abruptness of the pop festival's appearance, the overall speculative nature of this ambitious musical venture — and when we got over to the park, there was only a small crowd and some folk singer type running through a Dylan (new) imitation of 'Lay Lady Lay'. The portable toilets on the ball field looked desolate in their isolation. Nothing looked good about the scene, and Frank Hughes of the Electric Collage light show was saying over and over, "Everybody's wrecked!"

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