The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #77597   Message #1386623
Posted By: alinact
23-Jan-05 - 09:00 PM
Thread Name: If You Were There...The Sixties
Subject: RE: If You Were There...The Sixties
Before Nimbin, before Sunbury (where Thorpie blew Deep Purple off the stage), there was Launching Place.

I was 17 at the time, living in a boarding house with about 20 other people of similar age. One of the other residents was a magician (in fact his parents ran the place) by the name of Jeff Crozier. Jeff performed with a rock band backing him and he was scheduled to appear on stage on the Sunday morning of the festival.

Unfortunatley, it was persisting down rain that morning so they cancelled the stage acts. Didn't stop Jeff though - he just gathered us all together and, to the strains of Donovan's "Barabajagal" album, which was being played through the PA system, and with Jeff leading the way, we went frolicking and dancing through the entire festival site trying to brighten up all the wet and bedraggled patrons.

I think it worked. After a while we had a big crowd of followers, including some of the police that were on duty.

Just thinking about those days, one of the other people in our little troupe that day was Wendy Saddington who was a fairly well known Melbourne performer of those days.