Although no one thought about it like this at the time, the Carousel Ballroom and the Fillmore Auditorium were in effect sanctuaries where people could and did take refuge from the endemic craziness that was America in 1968.
There are times in the evolution of American music when a new light gets turned on. It's different but it's the same, if that makes sense, and everything that comes after it is able to play off that change.
On 26 October 1970, a wake was held at the Lion's Share in San Anselmo, California to celebrate the life of Janis Joplin. The singer, who died of an accidental drug overdose, had left $2,500 in her will to throw a wake party in the event of her demise.
The Trans-Continental Pop Festival (better known as the Festival Express) set off on this day in 1970. The now legendary tour was unique in that rather than flying to each city, most of the acts traveled on a chartered train.