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The Watts Music Festival

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In a world of political discourse with racism and hate running rampant, a few great men and women came together to bring unity and harmony like never before: in the form of massive music festivals. In the late 1972, the black community came together for a concert known as Watts Summer Festival. In 1969, the largest music festival of its time was held, and was known as Woodstock. Later that year, the Rolling Stones put together a massive free concert in San Francisco known as the Altamont Concert. All of the concerts and music festivals were not aimed at making money or becoming famous, but about the unity of people through the art of music. On August 20, 1972, the Watts music festival was held in Los Angelas. This was a festival put together by the Stax recording company in order to honor the men, women, and children who were devastated in the riots in Watts, a primarily African American community. Performers in this eight hour festival included James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes, the late Harmonica Fats, WAR, Richard Pryor, Nancy Wilson, Gil Scott Heron, Barry White, the Watts Prophets, Charles Wright and the 103rd Street Rhythm Band and the Staple Singers. The film,…show more content…
On this somewhat rainy weekend, nearly 500,000 people came together for the largest music festival of its time on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, and was simply known as Woodstock. The festival included 32 acts and was “widely considered to be the definitive nexus for the larger counterculture generation”. This was a weekend in which peace and acceptance throughout the country was celebrated and communicated through love and music, just like during the Watts and Altamont music festival. The man who owned the dairy farm even mentioned that “the near half million group of young people that came to Woodstock proved to the world that they can get together for fun and music, nothing but fun and
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