A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

By J.J. Colagrande

10_shore-morris2There’s no place like an American music festival. And to be in Chicago, right in the middle of the east and west, it’s so apropos. Soldier’s Field to boot—just the metaphoric beauty of a music festival being at Soldier’s Field: all of us heads are warriors. This is a community we have here, another world, like the lost city of Atlantis. And, yes, this is a psychedelic community like Tim Leary’s old Millbrook estate, sedate and expansive and in an East Coast way, intellectually nutty. And, yes, what we have here is a tripped out circus like Kesey hosted back at La Honda, raw and western and gung-ho and totally American. This is all of that and somewhere in between yet further and it’s the next level but we’re still riding out ellipses yet decaying and at the same time starting something different. But that history haunts this parking lot today. These music festivals are the biggest outdoor concerts in the world. They draw the most people, generate the most revenue. And most of the time it’s music that isn’t even played on the radio. This is a maelstrom, but peaceful because we’re held together by strong family relationships and values. Our family values endear us in the end. They keep this whole resistance thing together. And there is a battle going on. There’s always a battle going on. And for us, these are the days. So find your battle. I guess it means something different for everybody, but to me, we’re resisting the big corporate mechanism. That’s why I admire KC. She’ll write a music book. She’ll write a music novel. She has the guts to take the baton and keep running with it. Forget passing it. Not until you trust the hand you place it into. You have to admire that.

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