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A Family Affair

A Family Affair


In July 1970 Sly and the Family Stone were to appear at a free concert in Grant Park in downtown Chicago. While waiting for Sly to arrive a riot broke out. 150 people were arrested, 25 were injured including 10 policemen. I remember it started to get really crowded and disorderly…people fighting and throwing things as well as each other. The crowd I was with decided to leave. We started running down Van Buren Street. I turned around to see where the others were and I was shocked to see the tremendous crowd running behind us. By the time we reached Goldblatts Dept store…I heard a loud crash. Someone had broken the big window of the store. That scared the hell out of me! We broke out running and did not stopp until we got to the El on Dearborn. I had no idea of the magnitude of the situation until I got home and watched it on the news. That was one of the scariest experiences I ever encountered. I always thought Sly never showed. But recently I learned that Sly was there and ready to perform…but once the crowd became unruly…Sly was afraid to come out and perform. All that for naught!

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Posted in Uncategorized by dustyden on March 28th, 2009 at 1:25 pm.


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3 Replies

  1. pecosina57 Mar 27th 2010

    I was there also when the riot broke out. I was 13 years old and I went down to Grant Park from the South side to look for my older brother who had run away from home. I thought I could find him at the concert. I took the IC train to Roosevelt and then walked to Grant Park, and all I saw was mayhem, with people running everywhere. Needless to say, I didn’t find my brother and I didn’t get to see Sly either!


  2. beelzbubba Apr 16th 2010

    I was there. Seventeen years old and ready to rock. But for the life of me, I can’t remember who the two opening bands were.


  3. les downs Mar 3rd 2013

    Iwas there 17 y,o my first time trying acid, WHAT A TRIP


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