In fact, the progress on that particular front has been encouraging. Sam Cutler, the Rolling Stones road manager at the time, agreed to an interview recently when he was in New York to promote his new book, You Can't Always Get What You Want. Ironically, the cover photo was taken backstage at Palm Beach by Davidoff's father.

They also secured an interview with the festival's savior of sorts, Arthur Blessitt, and have other principals lined up as well — Wavy Gravy and Tom Law of the Hog Farm commune and sound and stage engineers Bill Hanley and Campbell Hair, all of whom previously worked on Woodstock. In addition, Davidoff name-drops many of the performers that participated, including Mark Andes of Spirit (who wrote and recorded a special song for the project that you can hear on the website), Barry "The Fish" Melton of Country Joe fame, and Vinnie Martell of Vanilla Fudge.

Mick Jagger got his ya yas out in 1969 Palm Beach.
© Ken Davidoff
Mick Jagger got his ya yas out in 1969 Palm Beach.

Still, assembling the project hasn't been easy, especially in this economic climate. "The main challenge is the race against time," Davidoff insists. "Most of the people who were there are now getting too old to remember clearly, or have passed on. [Bob Davidoff himself died in 2005.] We even contacted some of the festival's opposing forces, but most declined to go on camera. Writing the script came to us as we did the interviews and research. It started out as one big puzzle that is only now beginning to reveal itself."

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