Wayback Machine for ATL Music, Culture
Stumbled across an archive of The Great Speckled Bird, an alternative newspaper published in Atlanta from 1968 to 1976. As you can imagine this means lots of content on music and concert reviews. Like this issue from the summer of 1973 which featured a review of King Crimson show, with Atlanta Rhythm Section (!) in support at a place called Richard’s — where drinks were judged fairly priced at $1.50 — while over at the Omni you had ZZ Top opening for Deep Purple in front of 17,000. Yes, well…
There was also a reference to local “police pressure” resulting in the cancellation of a Pink Floyd show, a fascinating window on the times that I’ll have to explore more. The ads are also a treat — Beck Bogart and Appice were coming to town, with Dr. John in support (tix $4-$6 in advance at Ticketron) while the Atlanta Stadium was hosting a two-day Atlanta Jazz Fest headlined by Stevie Wonder, War, B.B. King, and the Staple Singers. Duke Ellington was on the bill in the ads, but played a jazz festival in Ohio instead, according to his tour diary.
Of course, there is a full-page ad for rolling papers.
Politically, the big news seemed to be a wildcat strike among MARTA bus drivers, seeking higher wages ostensibly promised to them during the formation of the regional transit system. The sympathetic Bird account held that the referendum creating MARTA would have never passed without bus driver support and that “tax supported” funding should have allowed for higher wages. But, alas!, Nixon’s wage and price controls shot that to hell. Bummer, man.
Like I said, quite the wayback machine.
Attention craft brewers of America: Please let this be the last season of Pie in a Bottle. The backlash is building.
Marvel Height Chart
The popularity of vibrators in America is quite astonishing.