The Nation: Fading of a Fantasy

Some 500 hostile young people, many stoned and some flashing knives, rip up fences and storm a stage at the Newport Jazz Festival, silencing the music for nearly 40,000 listeners and causing officials to cancel a scheduled folk festival and a rock opera. The heroin death of one young man and the open drug dealing of others at a Detroit rock concert lead Michigan Governor William Milliken to demand the end of all such festivals in that state.

Rock shows are canceled in Hampton Beach, N.H., when youths try to break into a sold-out ballroom. Worried officials are vastly relieved when 55,000...

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