Grant Park, Chicago, 1969
The concert was a free tribute to the protesters at the
Democratic National Convention in 1968. It took place in the old Grant
Park Music Shell, right across Michigan Avenue from the Conrad Hilton
Hotel, ground zero for the protest riots. I think it was May - there was
still a slight chill in the air and the Shell was still boarded up for the
It was very crowded and there were no seats, so
visibility was pretty limited. Most of these pictures were taken by
shooting blind with the camera held high above my head. I barely caught
the occasional glimpse of the band, but the real show was the audience.
Always fun to see thousands of hippies show up for free music, and
Airplane was the quintessential hippy heroes - Haight-Ashbury and all
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You can see from most of these shots that there were
people hanging everywhere. The guys in uniform on stage are Andy Frain
rent-a-cops. See Grace and (probably) Marty.
I couldn't see much detail from my vantage point I
finally got a clear shot of the stage, but they mostly have their backs
People were climbing the PA scaffolds and up on the roof
of the Shell. That's when the cops showed up to insist they not do that.
The police were properly booed, but there was not a lot of tension about
them since the climbers were pretty obviously doing stupid things that
were likely to get them injured. This guy looks like he was carrying a
massive tape deck or something.
At least here's a face shot of Grace. (See
higher res version- 280k)
Of course it's always about the blonde. Note the Hilton
Hotel in the background.
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