For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: The Texas International Pop Festival "Box Set"
For now, and since forever, the story of the Texas International Pop Festival remains a thick scrapbook scattered all over the place. There's the unreleased doc Got No Shoes, Got No Blues, excerpts from which show up on YouTube regularly. (See: Grand Funk Railroad. Zep. The James Cotton Blues Band. Ten Years After.) The September 5, 1969, Associated Press piece in which Mayor Sam Houston declares: "No more pop festivals held in Lewisville." This New York Times excerpt: "More than 25,000 youthful rock fans gathered in a grassy drag strip here to shout, clap and groove on the music and each other." And, of course, Hayner's website, which remains the ultimate repository.
So, then, to the music: More than once we've directed your attention to the Zep set -- which, as Angus has recounted, the band didn't know it had agreed to play till it was too late to back out. But here you'll find the infamous, coveted box set: 13 volumes of sets complete and abridged. (A tip: Megaload.) It's almost easier to recount who's not here -- no Nazz, sadly, or Freddie King. Still, in time for Thanksgiving, a rock-and-roll-and cornucopia.