SANTA CLARA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS - 05/19/1968

SAN JOSE, CA - U.S.A.

 

Venue Address: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds - 344 Tully Rd. - San Jose, CA
Promotion: Bob Blodgett
Event: Northern California Folk Rock Festival

Also Performing:
Country Joe & The Fish
Electric Flag
The Youngbloods
Ravi Shankar
(Various Performers - See Memorabilia Below)

Setlist:
Break On Through
Alabama Song
When The Music's Over
Moonlight Drive
Light My Fire
The Unknown Soldier
The End
(Incomplete)

Recordings / Film:
16mm Professional Film - 'Feast of Friends'
8mm Amateur/Audience Film
Lost 8mm Amateur/Audience Film

Photographers:
Jeff Blankfort
Ed Caraeff
Grant Jacobs
Jim Marshall
Peter Martin (Pop/Rock Music Magazine)
Bill Quarry
Paul Ryan
Michael Zagaris
Unidentified (Amateur)

Reviews / Info:
-The Doors headline the second day of this two day festival in San Jose.
-4:30pm scheduled start time.
-Outdoor performance.
-Promotional artwork by Carson-Morris (Poster); Linda Segul (Program; Handbill #1).
-Many photographers are present during this festival, including Jim Marshall, Paul Ryan, and more.
-Jim Morrison cuts his own hair on the way to this performance.
-Backstage and performance footage is shot for 'Feast of Friends'.
-Babe Hill records audio with a Nagra for 'Feast of Friends'.
-Harrison Ford is present with the 'Feast of Friends' crew during this performance.
-Paul Rothchild films a portion of this show from the stage on an 8mm camera.

AUDIENCE 8MM FILM



Northern California Folk Rock Festival

Info:

Silent 8mm color footage. This film was recently released on YouTube by its owners. Actor Harrison Ford can be spotted during the Country Joe & The Fish performance, preparing a camera for Paul Ferrara. Besides the existing footage of this concert captured by the Feast of Friends crew (See Below), Paul Rothchild can be spotted in photographs filming The Doors with his own 8mm camera.


LOST FILM



NorCal Folk Rock Fest

Info:

Paul Rothchild can be seen in numerous photographs operating an 8mm camera onstage while The Doors perform at the Northern California Folk Rock Fest in San Jose, 1968. This footage has never surfaced and its whereabouts are unknown.


FEAST OF FRIENDS:



Northern California Folk Rock Festival

Info:

Color footage of The Doors arrival at the Northern California Folk Rock Festival on May 19th, 1968. The band's limousines are escorted to the festival grounds by Hell's Angel's. Prior to the festival, Jim Morrison cuts his hair as short as it will ever be for the remainder of his life. Backstage at this festival, Babe Hill can be spotted operating the Nagra recorder. Babe is said to begin his role as sound engineer at this performance, however he can be spotted one month previously at the Westbury Music Fair with the Nagra in hand.


Color performance footage shot at the Northern California Folk Rock Festival on May 19th, 1968. Paul Ferrara's compilation video 'Those Were The Days' features a clip of Babe Hill recording with the Nagra at this festival, however no performance audio of The Doors is known to exist. This mid-day scheduling allows for quality footage to be shot due to brighter lighting. An 8mm film shot by an audience member briefly captures a young Harrison Ford preparing a camera while Country Joe & The Fish perform on-stage. Two minutes of footage taken of the festival audience and Hell's Angel's appear in original edits of 'Feast of Friends'.


ARCHIVE/MEMORABILIA:



OFFICIAL PROGRAM:

Northern California Folk Rock Festival - Program Contributed by: BallroomDays67







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HANDBILL #1:

Northern California Folk Rock Festival - Handbill
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HANDBILL #2:

Northern California Folk Rock Festival - Handbill Contributed by: BallroomDays67







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HANDBILL #3:

Northern California Folk Rock Festival - Handbill
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