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The Toronto Pop Festival was held on June 21st and 22nd in 1969 at the Varsity Stadium, just a few months before the Woodstock Festival. Over the weekend bands such as Blood Sweat and Tears, Sly and The Family Stone, Dr John, Steppenwolf and The Velvet Underground took to the stage.

Take a look at the photos from Saturday afternoon, including shots of Chuck Berry, Ronnie Hawkins in a purple suit, Edwin Starr with his white-suited backing band, Blues man Slim Harpo, Procol Harum and rockers Motherlode.

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Vinyl might be back in a big way, but let’s stop there, ok? No revival of cassettes needed, asked for, or required.

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Even the smallest of The Beatles’ fan can see the sublime progress from the barren ads of the group’s early beginnings, to the downright psychedelic themes as seen in this sequence.

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David Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969 when his song “Space Oddity” reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. After a three-year period of experimentation he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit single “Starman” and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bowie’s impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, “challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day” and “created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture.” The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved merely one facet of a career marked by continual reinvention, musical innovation and striking visual presentation.

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