Once inside, six thematic sections take you on a musical journey from the birth of the modern music festival to the festival as a destination and a staple of the live concert scene. See Muddy Waters’ 1959 Martin Acoustic Guitar played at the 1968 Newport Folk Festival, a handwritten plan outlining the Woodstock concept from 1969, and Keith Emerson’s Hammond organ. John Mellencamp’s corduroy jacket worn at Farm Aid created in partnership with Willie Nelson and Neil Young sets the stage for festivals for a cause. From the European stage, artifacts include a Gibson guitar played by Chris Martin of Coldplay, a posterboard stenciled sign made by the artist Banksy, and a musical score for “Back on the Block” from the collection of Quincy Jones. Representing the festivals of the 1990s forward are the Quin sisters’ guitars, Dave Navarro’s Jane’s Addiction stage outfit, handwritten set lists for the Dave Matthews Band, and Peaches’ leather bodysuit.
This Exhibition was curated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio.
Support for the Bullock Museum’s exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.