The 1970 Shea Stadium Peace Festival

August 6, 2017

The Concert For Peace

took place at New York's Shea Stadium

on August 6th of 1970


The concert date coincided 

with the 25th anniversary

of the U.S. first use of an atomic weapon 

in the bombing of Hiroshima - Japan 

on August 6th of 1945 in World War II

This was also the first time

that the world's biggest rock, jazz, blues and folk performers came together and donated their performances

to aid a specific social/political agenda


Very little media has survived

and no film of this concert has surfaced publicly

despite the fact that it featured such historic performers

The music began around 10 a.m.

and was scheduled to run for 12 hours

but late additions to the bill

meant it over-ran by nearly 2 hours

with an impressive array of talent

from across the musical spectrum


The Shea Stadium Peace Festival in 1970

was photographed by Ken Davidoff


Janis Joplin

sang a duet of Burt Bacharach’s "What the World Needs Now"

with Dionne Warwick

More Janis

Even More Janis

Paul Simon, Al Kooper, Richie Havens, John Sebastian 

played along with

Johnny Winter

along with with

Rick Derringer, Herbie Hancock, and Miles Davis


Many other acts kept Shea Stadium rocking

Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf

The James Gang, The Rascals


Richie Havens

Sha Na Na

Ten Wheel Drive

and the cast of "Hair," Pacific Gas & Electric


The Summer Festival for Peace

was the first of many more publicized benefit concerts

by demonstrating the fundraising potential

for such large scale musical events

that paved the way for other festivals such as


The Concert for Bangladesh

on August 1st of 1971


Farm Aid

on September 22nd of 1985


Live Aid

on July 13th of 1985



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