Sky River - New American Community
Pacific Northwest Rock Festival
Rare 1968 Vendor / Staff Pinback
( Goshwow Ships to U.S. Addresses ONLY )
ITEM: Pin, Badge, Pinback Button
SUBJECT: Music, Rock Festival, Rock 'n Roll
SPECIFICS: Authentic 1968 item. NOT a reproduction. Celluloid pinback has a diameter of 2-1/4". Text reads " SKY RIVER - BOOTH - NEW AMERICAN COMMUNITY." This pin was to be worn as a "credential" item by vendors and staff at the festival. Festival held August 30, 31, September 1, 1968 .
BACKGROUND: Sky River was THE major Rock Festival in the Pacific Northwest before nervous lawmakers passed prohibitive laws / restrictions / insurance requirements that basically killed the prospects of any future large-scale Festivals.
The SKY RIVER ROCK FESTIVAL and LIGHTER THAN AIR FAIR was held in a large muddy posture outside Sultan, Washington. Promoter was John Chambliss and his Seattle organization "New American Community." Rock bands who played were: SANTANA, GRATEFUL DEAD, PINK FLOYD, YOUNGBLOODS, COUNTRY JOE and THE FISH, It's A Beautiful Day, PEANUT BUTTER CONSIPIRACY, MUDDY WATERS, Buffy St. Marie, John Fahey, guitarist SANDY BULL, Seattle psychedelic band EASY CHIAR and others. Also on hand was a young comedian named RICHARD PRYOR.
Reported highlights include an extended jam with the Dead, Big Mama Thornton, James Cotton and Billy Roberts. T were SKYRIVER II (1969, Tenino) and SKYRIVER III (1970, Washougal). Festivals but neither approached the size or scope of the first event.
CONDITION: Minor age spots on front but still displays very well (see photo scan). Tarnish on the metal back and very light trace of foxing on back side curl edge. Barely noticeable. A nice example of a very scarce pin from Seattle 's counterculture history.
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