Rock: More Wrong than Right

To many rock fans, nothing beats a good weekend festival of sound. Out in the open, with a dozen or so singers and bands to groove with, the living is easy. "Everybody is smiling and offering you food and laughing," explains one hip ticket buyer. "It's a really groovy thing when it's going right—kind of like the way you'd like the world to be."

Unfortunately, things have been wrong more often than right at rock festivals across the U.S. this summer. In June, the Newport '69 Festival outside Los Angeles was disrupted repeatedly as gangs of toughs and pseudo toughs...

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