The time when Apple profits went to a massive rock event: The 1982 US Festival

Steve Wozniak, the other founder of Apple named Steve, has always been a major, major music fan. In the early 80s, he decided to take some of the money he made from Apple Computers and plowed it into a massive festival in Southern California. It was a utopian sort of dream that ultimately failed but is still remembered as one of the more influential music events of the last century.

It was quite the three-day affair, too. Tom Petty, The Police, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, Santana and many more performed in front of about one million people–yes, it was that big–at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino.

The US Festival hasn’t been remembered as well as, say, Woodstock, Altamont, and a few others. Now, though, there’s a new documentary coming this week. Check out this trailer.

https://youtu.be/jxgy_aISxVk

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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