On The Day in Music History: Janis Joplin Headlines First Atlanta Pop Festival in 1969

On This Day in Music History in 1969, Janis Joplin headlined the first Atlanta Pop Festival along with other big names.

The first day of the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival in 1969 was held in Byron, Georgia. The festival featured star acts such as Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Chuck Berry, and many more.

Crowd estimates on this day ranged to as high as 150,000 people. This amazing event came together thanks to the genius of Chris Cowing, Robert Conant, and Alex Cooley.

Prior to the debut of this event there remained to be a lot of uncertainty on how the turnout was going to be. Especially, since it was only a month or so before the most popular music festival Woodstock. 

But, the Atlanta Pop Festival ended up becoming just as popular as Woodstock and eventually became another event where all of the top stars in the music world came together to put on an amazing show.

Here is some footage captured by festival attendee Henry Artigue at the first Atlanta Pop Festival in 1969.

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