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Cannon Hill Park New People Concert. 31st August 1969. They came quietly into the park

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Cannon Hill Park New People Concert. 31st August 1969. They came quietly into the park

Cannon Hill Park New People Concert. 31st August 1969. They came quietly into the park. The new generation, conforming to the new rule of looking unusual, were on another of their pilgrimages to their own
world of loud noise and little conversation.
This time the blues were free at a concert in Birminghams Cannon Hill Park, but it could have been anywhere. The faces are not important: it is the look that counts.
Hair stands on end or hangs in limp tangles, the most switched-on clothes are bought secondhand, faded jeans are patched not because of holes but because of fashion. It is all an impersonation of dropping out - to fall without letting go, to leave off a pair of shoes but not security.
Couples huddled together under the cover of their mutually long hair and the screaming melancholy of the music. More than 1, 500 new..people crowded together in a corps that does not know where it is going, only what it is leaving behind.
Our Picture Shows: This Elvis fan stands out from the crowd

Kenneth Green
Birmingham Post and Mail Archive
Mirrorpix
Birmingham
England
CS86

Media ID 21838806

© Mirrorpix

Audience Hippies Hippy Leather Jacket Sixties Summer Of Love 1969 Concerts Odd One Out West Midlands


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Cannon Hill Park New People Concert. 31st August 1969. They came quietly into the park, embracing their unique individuality and defying societal norms. The new generation, with their unconventional appearance, embarked on yet another pilgrimage to a world of vibrant music and limited conversation. In Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park, blues resonated freely at this concert, but its significance transcended location. Faces were inconsequential; it was the distinctive look that truly mattered. Hair stood on end or hung in disheveled tangles while fashion-forward attire was acquired secondhand. Faded jeans were adorned not due to wear but as an expression of style. This collective impersonation of 'dropping out' symbolized a desire for change without sacrificing security—a willingness to step away from conformity while still holding onto certain comforts. Couples sought solace under the shelter of their mutually long hair amidst the wailing melancholy of the music. Over 1,500 individuals crowded together in a unified corps unaware of their destination but acutely aware of what they left behind—a sense of liberation from societal expectations and conventions. Captured within this photograph is an Elvis fan who effortlessly stands out from the crowd—an embodiment of rebellion against mainstream culture and an emblematic figure representing this extraordinary gathering.

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