New York City Festivals For Peace


Peter Yarrow organized these two events, with the artists donating their fees and all net proceeds going to the Vietnam Moratorium effort. Two events were held: January at Madison Square Garden and August at Shea Stadium. Both events are listed here.

Winter Festival For Peace
Madison Square Garden
The show at MSG was not a good one for Jimi. Bickering with his manager about dumping his Band Of Gypsys and re-forming The Experience and then somebody put something in his drink. He lasted only two songs before wandering off stage. Read more about it here.

Wednesday, January 28, 1970
Harry Belafonte
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Dave Brubeck
Richie Havens
Judy Collins
Mother Earth
Peter, Paul & Mary
The Rascals
The Cast of Hair
Jimi Hendrix & His Band Of Gypsys


Summer Festival For Peace
Shea Stadium
The Summer Festival date was picked as it was the 25th anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped in Hiroshima. It was also Janis Joplin's last concert appearance. Reports have it that Ms Joplin and Ms Warwick duetted on What The World Needs Now—unfortunately no film exsists of this, or any other performance.

Thursday, August 6, 1970
Dionne Warwick
John Sebastian
Paul Simon
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Al Cooper
Country Joe
Richie Havens
Mother Earth
Tom Paxton
The James Gang
Miles Davis
Herbie Hancock
The Staple Singers
Ten Wheel Drive
The Rascals
The Cast of Hair
Johnny Winter
Pacific Gas and Electric
Janis Joplin reunites with Big Brother & The Holding Co (her last performance)
Creedence Clearwater Revival

Note: As you can barely see, Philly held a similar concert on the same day (at JFK Stadium)—many artists played at both events

Summer Festival For Peace
Photos from Summer Festival For Peace
The Village Voice reviews the Summer Festival For Peace


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