The Last Great Event

With Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison

For the first time, Ray Foulk, joint organiser, gives his own full, frank and authoritative account of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. Many remember this as a magical, life-changing experience, encapsulating the sixties trip of sex, drugs, rock'n'roll and a political yearning for a better world.
Date Published :
October 2020
Publisher :
Medina Publishing
Contributor(s) :
Ray Foulk, Caroline Foulk
Series :
When the World Came to the Isle of Wight
Illustration :
Yes
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911487432
Pages : 364
Dimensions : 9.2 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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Overview
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The list of performers is a who's who of the then music elite: Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, the Who, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Procul Harum, the Doors, Leonard Cohen, the Moody Blues, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Kris Kristofferson, Donovan, Melanie, Jethro Tull - the list goes on. This was Britain's Woodstock and all on a tiny island off the south coast. It would also be Hendrix's last major performance - seventeen days later he was dead.

The 1970 Festival was a pivotal event in so many ways. It spanned five days and nights with an audience widely reported to have reached 600,000 (on an Island with a population of 120,000) who were entertained by an unsurpassed galaxy of world famous musicians. But the organization of such a huge happening was inevitably far from plain sailing. It proved to be a roller coaster ride for the intrepid young Foulk brothers, who navigated its course through a year of relentless political buffeting - from local reactionary opponents and then from extremist counterculture militants. Just as Island opponents were busily sabotaging the festival site and issuing death-threats, so too an unsavoury cabal of radicals arrived from London under the banner of the White Panthers, intent upon undermining the event.

For the first time, Ray Foulk, joint organizer, gives his own full, frank and authoritative account. Many remember this festival as a magical, life-changing experience, encapsulating the sixties trip of sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and a political yearning for a better world. But for others, a question looms large over the history: did this final festival help precipitate the end of the dream of an alternative society, or did it reflect the changes already taking place? This most controversial of festivals was aptly promoted by the Foulk brothers themselves as 'The Last Great Event'.

About The Author
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Ray Foulk is a renowned curator and author on French Art Deco masters and twentieth century decorative art, and has also written on the 1960s counterculture and rock festivals. He is also an award winning environmental architect, Ray lives and works in Oxford, near his four grown up children and grandchildren.

Caroline Foulk has worked with her father, Ray, for many years, researching, writing, and co-promoting the in-schools project, Blue Planet Day. Together they have recently completed a screenplay for the cinema about the invention of modern art.

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