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Essener Pop & Blues retrospective on Rockpalast

Essener Pop & Blues '69 flyer

German TV show Rockpalast will be showing on March 28 a 4 hour retrospective on the Essener Pop & Blues Festivals held in 1969 and 1970. The broadcast is touted to include excerpts from the shows, contemporary TV reports, and concert specials. Footage of Deep Purple performing in 1969 is known to exist, so fingers crossed.

It’s curious to see that in 1969 the band was yet to be considered a top of the bill performer and its profile is not even featured in the festival programme (unlike Muddy Waters, Nice, Fleetwood Mac, or Pink Floyd), ony an EMI advert for (then most recent) Book of Taliesyn. This would change shortly.

What: Essener Pop- und Blues-Festival 1969 & 1970
When: March 28, 00:45 – 04:45
Where: WDR Fernsehen

Thanks to Joerg for the info.

10 Comments to “Essener Pop & Blues retrospective on Rockpalast”:

  1. 1
    henrik says:

    Isn’t the footage already circulating? Horrible camerawork, zooming in and out very rapidly in tune w/ a psychedelic vibe, I guess.

  2. 2
    purpledaniel says:

    But extended footage of Deep Purple from this show appeared a while ago on Youtube…do you expect more?

  3. 3
    Felix Gauloises says:

    Deep purple and Pink floyd

  4. 4
    Sven Montana says:


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    Sven Montana says:


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    Sterling says:

    Can’t complain about being billed under Floyd and The Nice in 1969. And you get Tangerine Dream. Quite the bill.

  7. 7
    Elprupdeep says:

    You right Felix…
    DP and Pink. What a dream…

    Le rêve….

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    Tommy H. says:

    I really love the early Mark II shows – they never improvised to such an inspirational degree ever again.

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    Loonie22 says:

    Last year we had the release of a boot DVD called “Pop and Blues Festival 1969” (no label) containing performances from Deep Purple plus Taste, The Nice, Keef Hartley Blues Band, Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation and Pink Floyd. It is a silver pressed prot-shot B&W DVD and its duration is 86 minutes. From Deep Purple we have “Wring That Neck” and “Mandrake Root” (parts 1&2); I don’t think there’s more to appear…

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    Joerg Treftz says:

    Wring the neck, cameraman was in love into the drummer(((

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