Come To Magic Mountain

Joaquin Miller had dinner with the Pre-Raphaelites at Rossetti’s. His daughter put on a play she wrote for her father where actors dressed as Pre-Raphaelite. With the discovery of the Pre-Raphaelite vision of Clarence King, who looks like Miller, I have uncovered a movement I rekindled in 1969.

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This is a tale of Three Amphitheaters, and, One Magical Mountain.

In June of 1967 I watched the Loading Zone pack their trailer with their sound equipment and head out for Mount Tamalpais to play at a concert in the amphitheater. I lived with this band in a large Victorian in Oakland. They played at the first Acid Test. Historians say this was the first rock festival. I say it was our Woodstock. This is the blue print for everything that came after. Note the hippie trinket booth. I am the first to connect this history to Eugene.

While the highly documented Monterey International Pop Festival continues to be remembered as the seminal event of the 1967 Summer of Love, the KFRC Festival took place one week before Monterey and is considered to have been America’s – if not the world’s – first rock festival.[

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I am an artist, a writer, and a theologian.
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