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The Far Out Story of Vortex I


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ISBN13: 9780974436418
ISBN10: 0974436410
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Summer 1970. Portland, Oregon.

President Nixon was about to speak at the American Legion convention. The FBI told governor Tom McCall he should expect 25,000 Legionnaires and 50,000 anti-war freaks to clash in the Rose City and make Chicago '68 look like a "tea party."

A few hippies proposed a rock festival to give peace a chance. They asked McCall, a Republican battling for re-election, for a place to hold it. He gave them a state park and told the cops to lay off. Did they ever.

"I've just committed political suicide," said McCall after approving the only state-sponsored rock festival in American history's name: Vortex I: A Biodegradable Festival of Life.

What a short strange trip it was for the 100,000 who attended...far out in a way that only Oregon used to be. Vortex I, now a legend; now documented for the first time; now even more legendary.

The book includes over 150 photographs and a bonus CD of McCall's historic Vortex I speech and circa 1970-music from the first band to play the festival, Jacob's Ladder.


"A treasure trove." PSU Alumni Magazine


"Unruly...simply hell-bent on preserving a piece of Oregon's past...a hash brownie of a book." The Oregonian


"The document of record on a nearly lost chapter in the rich lore of Oregon's '60s-era flower-power counterculture." Willamette Week

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cristina_clerico, October 30, 2009 (view all comments by cristina_clerico)
What perfect timing for the story of Vortex I to be told. It's fascinating to me that it wasn't big news, but I've figured out why. Nothing happened. During a time of increasing violence and division of citizens in the United States, the charismatic and gutsy Tom McCall and his staff consulted counterculture leaders. They tried something innovative. With Matt Love's meticulous interview and report style, the reader gets a well-rounded story and is trusted to come to his/her own conclusions. His own evaluations of the event are fair, well-thought out, and quite often humorous. As far as this reader is concerned, I would rather sit peacefully reading whatever I so choose with like-minded peace lovers, in whatever state of clothedness, down by the river loving and being loved, - rather than engage in confrontation and possible violence - any beautiful Oregon day of the week. The useful list of provisions, may come in handy yet.
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