Search Isle of Wight for more ephemera from the 1968-1970 festivals.
Personally I love fan-made scrapbooks, not only are they a great resource for primarily materials, (imagine having to collect all the newspapers from the time)…they’re also great naive works of art in their own right.
Dylan disappeared either to recover from an alleged motorcycle accident, or as rumours persist to kick a heroin habit picked up on the gruelling tour….or both. Regardless, he was finally back on stage- exclusively -at the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival. The Beatles & partners all duly attended. However it wasn’t the return of the messiah everyone envisages. Instead of the pop-star dark glasses, friz/’fro hairdo and the polka dot shirt, Dylan looked more like a southern preacher in a white suit and slicked back hair.
Lennon tentatively returned to live performances in September, later using Dylan’s flat “comeback” as justification for the Beatles not performing live again. (Page216 Who Are the Plastic Ono Band:Pub 2020) : I saw what happened to Dylan (at IoW1969). He gave a reasonable performance. It was late and everybody had waited three days and it was slightly flat. There was nothing wrong with his performance and the audience appreciated it, but they expected Buddha or Jesus to appear.
Since the 50th anniversaries, IOW material has gained immense interest not only because of Dylan’s 1969 comeback but also for the final British performances by Jim Morrison with the Doors and Jimi Hendrix at the 1970 festival. However, the 1968 festival which Jefferson Airplane headlined has remained largely ignored. As DJ and man about town extraordinaire, Jeff Dexter commented, “I went to see Jefferson Airplane, and lasted 25minutes, it was a scaffolding off the back of truck job.” Jeff was later the DJ at the 1970 festival and can be seen introducing Hendrix’s last UK performance….
Basck the scrapbook in question….Pasted onto the back cover is one of the scarce original flyers (which sell for £100+ when not NOT pasted into a scrapbook:).
Also of interest is the hand written set list with performance times …unfortunately who ever compiled this didn’t add their name.
Condition : VG+ : No musty damp smells ! The pages are wavy due to newspaper articles being pasted in. Staples rusty and centre pages loose.