Check out this Syd Barrett photograph of him at the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival. Syd went to the festival with his girlfriend, Gretta, and she can be seen next to him. I am also posting some other pictures from that festival.
The 1969 Isle of Wight Festival was held between August 29 - August 31, 1969, at Wootton, and attracted an audience of over 200,000 to see Bob Dylan, The Who and Free. It was the second of three music festivals held on the Isle of Wight between 1968 and 1970 and was believed to be a well managed and relatively trouble free event, unlike the 1970 festival.
The 1969 event was notable for the appearance of Bob Dylan and The Band. This was Dylan's first paid performance since his motorcycle accident some two years earlier, and was held at a time when many still wondered if he would ever perform again. Followers from across the world treked to the Isle of Wight for what seemed like a 'second coming'. The 1969 festival opened on Friday 29 August - eleven days after the close of Woodstock.
Dylan was reluctant to perform his comeback show on this unknown island until the promoters showed him a short video of the Island's cultural and literary heritage. This appealed to Dylan's artistic sensibilities as he was enthusiastic about performing in Tennyson country. Prior to the festival Bob Dylan and The Band rehearsed at Forelands Farm in Bembridge, and were joined by The Beatles minus Paul McCartney. Among the 200,000 audience members were John Lennon with Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Rolling Stones Keith Richards and Bill Wyman, Syd Barrett, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Jane Fonda.
Though audience reaction was strong enough to elicit a two-song encore, Dylan was dissatisfied with the whole performance. Dylan had hired Elliot Mazer to record his set, hoping to release an official live album. Instead, Dylan scrapped those plans, but not before sending the tapes to Nashville, where Bob Johnston began to remix the recordings.
Dylan had told Rolling Stone in late June of 1969 that he would resume touring in the fall, but after the experience at Isle of Wight, those plans never materialized. There would be a few more sporadic performances before Dylan would finally resume touring in January of 1974, four and a half years after the Isle of Wight festival.
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