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Atlanta International Pop Festival of 1969


The month before the 1969 Woodstock Festival, Atlanta hosted the inaugural Atlanta International Pop Festival. Although it never reached Woodstock’s iconic status, the festival featured a similar lineup, including headliner Janis Joplin.

An estimated 130,000 music fans traveled to nearby Hampton, Georgia, and suffered near hundred-degree weather that weekend. Yet the festival was a success – almost too much so for its organizer, Alex Cooley.

Partly to assuage his self-described “hippie guilt” from the $12,000 profit, Cooley organized a free concert the following weekend at Piedmont Park featuring a similar lineup, as well as the Grateful Dead.

Caroline Parsley, The 100 Companies

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