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A Summer to Remember

On the weekend of Bonnaroo, Cincinnati remembers a monumental Rock festival from 40 years ago

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The June 1970 Cincinnati Summer Pop Festival didn't take place on a farm, as Woodstock had the year before, but rather at a ballpark in the West End. At Crosley Field, home of the Cincinnati Reds, 14 Rock bands played a daylong festival. With new bands like Grand Funk Railroad, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Mountain and Iggy Pop and the Stooges, the performers didn't reflect the Age of Aquarius but of what was coming for Rock music in the new decade of the 1970s.  

Pop Goes Cincinnati

40 years ago Cincinnati became part of Rock & Roll lore

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Forty years ago this Sunday, Iggy Pop — 23-year-old front man of The Stooges, a defiantly loud and grungy Detroit band — created Rock & Roll mythology at the Cincinnati Summer Pop Festival. Bare-chested, singing "T.V. Eye," he scrambled from the outdoor stage at Crosley Field and went into the crowd, climbing atop the shoulders of frenzied fans to stand above them, like Jesus on water, held up by their sea of hands as he pointed outward. The image, captured on video and still photography, has become iconic.  

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