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Big Enough Rock

The Big Rock Powwow could be called South Florida’s attempt to have themselves a Woodstock, except that this festival happened three months before Woodstock. Time Sheath explanations are probably not correct: apparently, someone in Florida had an original thought. Shocking.

There’s not much about the festival on the innertubes, and I googled it almost twice, so I feel assured that I am correct in whatever the hell I am saying. There’s a handbill:

big rock powwow handbill
You could get your tickets at any Slak Shak for just five bucks, which comes out to $31 today, so you almost couldn’t afford to miss this show: this is some serious value for your South Florida Hippie Dollar.

There’s also a poster:

big rock powwow posterA few questions:

  • Did the Dead hear Darkness, Darkness by the Youngbloods at this show, only to turn it into the rarely-spotted Darkness Jam ?
  • Was there one record store in South Florida that didn’t spell their name wrong on purpose?
  • Did Edgar Winter frighten Bobby?
  • Rhinoceros?
  • Really?
  • That was the best name you could think up?
  • Is the water muddy, or is the water sweet?
  • Did Joe South not have anywhere else to go?


  1. Rhinoceros–they were actually kind of good. They had three albums in 1968-69 and I have them on cd.

    Doors producer Paul Rothchild persuaded Elektra Records that what was happenin’ was Supergroups. So in Fall ’67 he invited a bunch of musicians to audition, some from Los Angeles and some from Toronto. The auditions were like basketball tryouts. The best players were signed to Elektra as a band.

    The band members hadn’t really met each other. There were some guys from LA, including two from Iron Butterfly, and some guys from Toronto, who were in a band called Jon Lee And The Checkmates. There was also a guy who had been in Electric Flag for a minute and a half. It was a guy from Iron Butterfly who thought up the name Rhinoceros, and Elektra said ok.

    The arbitrary formation of a rock group of talented, unemployed players who do not know each other seems theoretically engaging, but it doesn’t really work. Many, many versions of the New York Knicks have been formed under this principle, and they have nothing to show for it since 1973. Certainly no one in Rhinoceros was even Marcus Camby, much less Latrell Sprewell. Mostly they were like Channing Frye, not bad but better on another team.

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