Art&Seek presents This Week in Texas Music History. Every week, we’ll spotlight a different moment and the musician who made it. This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll commemorate the Lone Star State’s own version of the Woodstock Festival.
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From Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 1969, just two weeks after Woodstock, Angus Wynne III organized the Texas International Pop Festival in Lewisville. The festival attracted an audience of 150,000 to hear performances by Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Santana, B. B. King, Johnny Winter and others. Local radio stations warned that the festival would attract thousands of pot-smoking hippies. However, the Lewisville chief of police praised the concertgoers for their peaceful behavior and asked only that they keep their clothes on while enjoying the music. Despite this request, the Texas summer heat proved to be too much for many in the crowd, so they stripped down and went skinny dipping in nearby Lake Lewisville.
In spite of the public nudity, or perhaps partly because of it, most fans considered the Texas International Pop Festival a success, making it the state’s first major outdoor rock festival.
Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll meet a man who revolutionized Texas-Mexican music from his own living room.