I live in the south of England, on the Isle of Wight, an island famous for its Pop Festivals, Walking and Cycling Festivals, beautiful beaches, and great pubs. The Isle of Wight held the first Pop Festival – after Woodstock – in 1968 where Bob Dylan, The Who, Joe Cocker, The Moody Blues, The Pretty Things, Joan Baez, Julie Felix, Marsha Hunt & White Trash, and many more performed in front of an audience that included John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono, Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, Elton John and others. This was 1968 and ‘rock stars’ were not the kings they are today.
My claim to fame? I was there! But I never met any celebrities in the audience although it would have been easy as everyone mixed in pretty well. My musical background wasn’t pop but jazz and before coming to live on the Isle of Wight I had lived in London where, for a time, i was secretary of the British Jazz Federation. I’m still a jazz fan, of course, it never leaves you, but my tastes are more eclectic now and embrace opera and easy listening.
The island is a good place for walking with more walking trails here than in any other area of its size in the UK, so walking is something I enjoy when I can. That’s when I do my best thinking!