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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 01:16 PM
Haven't been here in quite some time, but today this caught in my eye in the Raleigh News and Observer, and I thought there might be some interest so I thought I'd share it here. BTW, there are quite a few photos in the article if you click on the link - unfortunately, none of the Brothers, though:

http://blogs.newsobserver.com/pasttimes/summer-of-love-valley


Summer of Love Valley

by tleonard on 07/16/2013

Love Valley, NC, a small Iredell County town of only about 90 people, may seem an unlikely place for a rock concert. It was built in the 1950s by Andy Barker as an authentic Western town. Barker became the townís second mayor (the first was his father J.A.) after it was incorporated in 1963 and held that office until his death two years ago.

In 1970, Barker sponsored a rock festival as a means of raising funds to provide a water and sewer system for the town. It was reported that "none of the superstars of the rock world" had been announced for the festival, but that several smaller but well-known performers had signed, including the Allman Brothers Band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Wet Willie, Johnny Jenkins, and Tony Joe White.

As N&O writer Bob Lynch described, the outside world made quite an impression on the quaint cowboy town. An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 long-haired and bearded "music lovers" have camped in this community of 75 population for an outdoor festival which lasts through Sunday -- and more were pouring in Friday night.

Love Valley itself has the appearance of a large refugee camp. Young men and women with bedrolls; mattresses, cooking utensils and other gear stroll the main street. This dirt track, watered to settle the dust, is pressed by thousands of bare or sandled feet and has the appearance of a 19th Century cow town after a beef herd had passed through.
Separate, gang showers have been set up for men and women, but the menís showers often have as many women bathers as the womenís showers, if not more.

Reporters observed men and women bathing together. It was not uncommon Friday to see men and women bathing nude within the full view of others gathered here to hear music and enjoy relief from the frustrations of civilization.Some used garden hoses to provide water for mutual shower baths. Young women removing all their clothing to change into other garments could be seen in all parts of the camping areas. There are two lakes at Love Valley where large groups of young men and girls, women and children, were swimming nude.Such a group was swimming in one of the lakes Friday afternoon.

Oldtimers sat on the banks of the lake fishing, occasionally casting glances at the nudists splashing around in the old fishing hole. An elderly resident of Mooresville remarked, "I drove down just to see what was going on." He fished a while, then added, "You certainly see all types of people up here. But they are all orderly. I saw just one person who was a little bit tight -- but he was not out of the way...."

Mayor Barker said they had no way of keeping an accurate count of the crowd. He said many youths who couldnít afford to buy tickets slipped in, "but weíre not worried about that. This is for the young people and we like young people."

It turned out to be a pretty rough weekend, with one death, one birth, a shooting, a couple of poisonous snake bites, several drug overdoses and 175 under arrest in two counties. It was estimated that 75,000 had attended the weekend festival, some paying the full $5 admission price, but many using counterfeit tickets.

License plates indicated festival fans came from all across the nation, including such distant points as South Dakota, Oregon and California. Hard rock music, hard narcotics, nudity, dust and overcrowded conditions made up the daily routine ....

Residents of this foothills area viewed the festival with its long-haired followers with mixed emotion.

One couple, living about a mile from the arena, told a newsman Sunday morning after church services, that they were surprised by the event. "We had heard how the hippies raided vegetable gardens, slaughtered livestock and so on in other states. We havenít had one thing bothered by these people." Several other valley residents shared this view.
They said the young people were "well-behaved." Others said the youths were "not what we expected" or "were peaceable and courteous."

But some, however, expressed resentment toward hippies and Mayor Barker for bringing the multitudes into the valley. One elder said, "we donít like it at all." The News & Observer 7/20/1970

 

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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 04:22 PM
Hey Rich,

Thanks for posting this article, and I hope you and yours are doing fine. Don't know if you know or not, put Love Valley was the first time I seen and heard the Allman Brothers Band. Even in my acid induced haze, they impressed the hell out me, which is a big part of why I still follow this band. Hope to see band down in Charlotte this year (last time I saw them was at Merriweather Post back in 2008), as it's been way over due for me to have a "live fix" of the band.

You and yours take care,
Fred B.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 07:09 PM
Good to see both of you guys posting her and I sure hope to see both of y'all in CLT....

 

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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 08:17 PM
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Hey Rich,

Thanks for posting this article, and I hope you and yours are doing fine. Don't know if you know or not, put Love Valley was the first time I seen and heard the Allman Brothers Band. Even in my acid induced haze, they impressed the hell out me, which is a big part of why I still follow this band. Hope to see band down in Charlotte this year (last time I saw them was at Merriweather Post back in 2008), as it's been way over due for me to have a "live fix" of the band.

You and yours take care,
Fred B.


Fred, you were the first person I thought of when I read this. I knew you were there....did you know that Dickey lived in Statesville, which is not far from LV around that time and supposedly wrote Blue Sky there?

Hope you're doing well. Hopefully I'll see you and John (bluedad) and Deck and RonE and many others in CLT. If you make it, don't miss Ron's Annual Pre-Show Party.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 08:19 PM
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Good to see both of you guys posting her and I sure hope to see both of y'all in CLT....


Always good to see you, John....you're truly a sight for sore eyes. If I make it to the CLT show I'll see you at Ron's.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 08:24 PM
Hey Rich hope to see you in Charlotte

 

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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 08:28 PM
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Hey Rich hope to see you in Charlotte


Me too, Dan! I'll be at the Raleigh show for sure - CLT is still up in the air...

Man, it's been TOO LONG.....I was just thinking about Russell's in Murrell's Inlet the other day......that grouper special sure would taste good about now. Too bad I blew it with that hottie from Pawley's.......*lauigh*

 

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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 08:34 PM
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Me too, Dan! I'll be at the Raleigh show for sure - CLT is still up in the air...

Man, it's been TOO LONG.....I was just thinking about Russell's in Murrell's Inlet the other day......that grouper special sure would taste good about now. Too bad I blew it with that hottie from Pawley's.......*lauigh*



She looks a little old these days. Her son played baseball this year so we saw them quite a bit. She's a real nice lady though.

Yes Russell has some great food and still the ABB selection on the free juke box.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2013 at 08:42 PM
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She looks a little old these days.


Maybe - but she had a FANTASTIC body.....

 

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  posted on 7/18/2013 at 09:59 AM
Well look what the proverbial cat dragged in! Great story Rich, thanks.
 

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  posted on 7/18/2013 at 10:43 AM
Thanks for that post. Never seen those photos before. The last one showing across the corral toward stage brought back good memories. My pal Bob & I would eventually make camp on the hill behind the stage near the station wagon that you can see on the hill. we would end up near a dude selling grilled cheese sandwiches along with herb & chemicals. Needless to say we didn't venture far from that area. Eventually had to put Bob in the tent and zip it up so he would not "float away". What a great weekend!
 
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  posted on 7/18/2013 at 03:54 PM
Hey Rich & John,

Would certainly appreciate it if you could PM me Ron's address and phone number as I would certainly enjoy visiting and hanging with some old friends before the show. To all going either to the show or Ron's or both, looking forward to seeing old and new friends, and you and yours take care.

Fred B.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2013 at 03:55 PM
Good Lord. Is that Rich posting again? Never thought I'd see the day!
 

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  posted on 7/18/2013 at 03:57 PM
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Fred, you were the first person I thought of when I read this. I knew you were there....did you know that Dickey lived in Statesville, which is not far from LV around that time and supposedly wrote Blue Sky there?


Hey Rich,

Definely knew that Dickey spent some time up in Love Valley, and knew that his time there insiped him to write "Blue Sky".

 

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  posted on 7/18/2013 at 05:25 PM
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Good Lord. Is that Rich posting again? Never thought I'd see the day!


Me neither, Jerry....it's been awhile. You won't see me in the WP anymore, though. Too stressful. I've already got enough anger and frustration in my life without that place.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2013 at 07:27 PM
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Me too, Dan! I'll be at the Raleigh show for sure - CLT is still up in the air...

Man, it's been TOO LONG.....I was just thinking about Russell's in Murrell's Inlet the other day......that grouper special sure would taste good about now. Too bad I blew it with that hottie from Pawley's.......*lauigh*



Me, too. I took your advice and moved to NC. Seriously, I did move to NC.

 

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  posted on 7/18/2013 at 07:51 PM
Rich!!!!

Real good to see you here again brother !!!

Been wondering about ya. Hope all is well

 

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Me too, Dan! I'll be at the Raleigh show for sure - CLT is still up in the air...

Man, it's been TOO LONG.....I was just thinking about Russell's in Murrell's Inlet the other day......that grouper special sure would taste good about now. Too bad I blew it with that hottie from Pawley's.......*lauigh*



Me, too. I took your advice and moved to NC. Seriously, I did move to NC.



Yes she did...

 

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  posted on 7/20/2013 at 12:03 AM
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Me too, Dan! I'll be at the Raleigh show for sure - CLT is still up in the air...

Man, it's been TOO LONG.....I was just thinking about Russell's in Murrell's Inlet the other day......that grouper special sure would taste good about now. Too bad I blew it with that hottie from Pawley's.......*lauigh*



Me, too. I took your advice and moved to NC. Seriously, I did move to NC.


Huh?!?!? Where? Asheville?

Man, I have been away from here for a while....

God, I hope you like it here - otherwise it'll be my fault.....

 

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