Today John, Yoko, Ringo, and Maureen joined George and Pattie on the Isle of Wight, where a big rock show was taking place. Also in attendance were such luminaries as Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton, Jane Fonda, Françoise Hardy, Syd Barrett, and Elton John.1

Performers on this first day of the festival — a Saturday in 1969, remember — included King Crimson, the Pretty Things, the Bonzo Dog Band, Joe Cocker, the Moody Blues, and the Who. Not too shabby, but really everything was just prologue to Bob Dylan and the Band’s set on Sunday. Sorry Pete, sorry Roger, but it’s true.

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