Women in Music 2016

My Favorite Festival Memory: Talib Kweli, Henry Rollins and Others Reminisce

Music festival veterans share some of their favorite moments, from Monterey Pop to Rock the Bells.

“Rock the Bells was always like hip-hop summer camp: You go every year, see your old friends.”
Talib Kweli on performing at the annual rap festival

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Tom Waits was hanging out with Bill Graham and Perry Farrell [backstage], so I’m like, ‘I want in on this. This is the rare air.’ Lollapalooza had those raw moments.”
Henry Rollins remembers the first Lollapalooza tour in 1991

“[Janis Joplin] came onstage absolutely vibrating, full of incredible emotion. I’ve never seen a performer like that since. I realized I had to sign her.”
— Clive Davis on 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival

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“It was extraordinary going onstage there. Across this flat plain, as far as the eye can see, was a sea of people. It didn’t stop. I’ve never seen so many people, ever.”
Gang of Four founder Andy Gill on performing in front of 200,000 people at Steve Wozniak’s 1982 US Festival

This story originally appeared in the April 4th issue of Billboard.