Thursday, July 9, 2015

“Forty-three years ago this week, cars jammed a road...



“Forty-three years ago this week, cars jammed a road leading to Pocono International Raceway in Pennsylvania. “200,000 Jam Rock Festival at Pocono Track,” read the July 1972 headline. It was, @nytimes reported, the biggest youth gathering in the East since Woodstock. Concertgoers, who paid $11 for 10 hours of music, began arriving to the hills of Eastern Pennsylvania 24 hours before the concert began. “Thousands of cars and numerous backpacking hitchhikers caused massive traffic jams,” @nytimes reported. State troopers forced them to abandon their cars eight miles away. As the crowds danced, @nytimes observed from above: “From an airborne helicopter, the mass of blue-denimed bodies could be seen stretching across three-quarters of the 600-acre grassy infield.” This photo came from the #archives of @nytimes. #tbt” By nytimes on Instagram.



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