On Thanksgiving weekend forty-five years ago the big news story in South Florida was a rock festival -- the International Music and Arts Festival, a three-day event held at the Palm Beach International Speedway, in spite of strong pushback from just about everyone except the Festival's promoters and the fifty thousand or so young people who crowded the venue.
Scheduled to play during the weekend: The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Country Joe and the Fish and Sly and the Family Stone.
Did all of those headliners make it to the remote racetrack on that rainy weekend? These two WTVJ news stories don't offer any clues; they're focused on controversy. First up, reporter Tom Lague previews the Festival. Then there's a lot of silent news film of the weekend featuring crowds, rain, a few performers and various people (including Lague) allegedly buying drugs.
WTVJ's Ralph Renick tops off this clip, interviewing Festival organizer Hank Roberts.
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