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ANN ARBOR BLUES FESTIVAL 1969 - The Audiophile Man
Title: Volumes 1 & 2 Label: Third Man Until Third Man drew my attention to it, the Ann Arbor festival had completely past me by. It took place across 1-3 August, 1969 at Fuller Flatlands, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, just two weeks before the legendary Woodstock Festival. But this was no Summer of Love, it was in fact a Summer of Blues. Curated by a small group of University students, for three days, this festival featured the cream of the blues crop: Mississippi Fred McDowell, Big Mama Thornton, Junior Wells Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Big Joe Williams and may more. As the liner notes stated, “From the city to the country, the West Coast to the Gulf Coast, Mississippi to Chicago, 24 masters of the idiom were booked to perform for this new audience – an estimated 10,000-plus kids, listening to the artists they saw as vanguards of the music that had dominated the decade’s counterculture.” Fortunately, some enterprising, bright spark had a ¼” reel-to-reel player rolling at the time and so much (I’m not quite sure if there is more hidden away) of the festival music was recorded and a fair amount has been released here, spread over two …