We never tire of relating the story in our family. My darling wife attended the first Reading Festival in 1971. She went with some Christians from Twyford and Woodley, which made the spectacle of Arthur Brown (famous for his number one “Fire”) tying himself to a wooden cross on stage and then apparently setting light to himself, all the more bizarre.
Acts also included Wishbone Ash, Medicine Head, Sha Na Na, Lindisfarne and Rory Gallagher. Entrance was £2 and (and for some reason I can hear Alan Whicker saying this) it rained all weekend.
By the way, Arthur Brown is still going strong aged 71. His 2013 Crazy World tour rolls up at the Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury on October 5th.
My wife’s passion for the latest music continues. She is a daily listener of Radio One. I think she’s the type of person the programme controller of Radio One is trying to palm off onto Radio Two, but she’s made of sterner stuff.