Intro

“If you were one of the half a million music fans who made their way like raggle-taggle gypsies to the Isle of Wight Festival 1970, you will absolutely love this backstage look at a great moment in rock history.”
Ray Connolly, Daily Mail

Jimi Hendrix

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SDFW

From the author of Stealing Dylan From Woodstock

“‘Dear Bob Dylan, please come and sing in our field!’ How two cheeky British public schoolboys bamboozled rock’s greatest stars to play at their very own Woodstock.”
Ray Connolly, Daily Mail

Stealing Dylan From Woodstock cover

About

The Last Great Event - cover

The Isle of Wight Festival in 1969 famously ‘stole Bob Dylan from Woodstock’ and was the starting point and benchmark for all rock and pop festivals in the UK.

What followed in 1970 was one of the world’s greatest music gatherings of all time, attracting musicians and fans from across the whole musical spectrum. The list of performers is a Who’s Who of the then music élite, who are now legends: Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, the Who, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Procul Harum, the Doors, Leonard Cohen, the Moody Blues, Emerson Lake and Palmer – the list goes on. This was Britain’s ‘Woodstock’ and all on a tiny island off the south coast. It would also be Hendrix’s last major performance – 17 days later he was dead.

Many remember this festival as a magical, life-changing experience, encapsulating the sixties trip of sex, drugs, rock’n’roll and a political yearning for a better world. But for others, a question looms large over the history: did this final festival help precipitate the end of the dream of an alternative society, or did it reflect the changes already taking effect?

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Social Media

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Events

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Author Events

Upcoming Events

2016

26 October Interview on the Tom Dunne Show, Newstalk 106-108fm
December Lecture at Handel & Hendrix in London
December Book signing at the V&A Museum Bookshop, Carnaby Street

2017

13 Jan Evening talk at the V&A Museum

Past Events

21 Sept 2016 –
21 Oct 2017
Isle of Wight Festival Experience.
Exhibition at the Portsmouth Music Experience
10 Sept 2016 –
18 Feb 2017
You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels: 1966-1970.
Exhibition at the V&A Museum
1 Sep Exhibition at Portsmouth Guildhall
30 June Reading at Albion Beatnik Bookshop
26 June Interview with Spencer Leigh on BBC Radio Merseyside
24 June Interview with Fubar Radio
9-10 June Exhibition in the artist’s enclosure, Isle of Wight Festival 2016
8 June 7:30pm Talk and Book Signing at Blackwell’s Oxford
7 June Launch at Handel & Hendrix in London
6 June Review by Sid Griffin on the Radcliffe and Maconie Show, BBC Radio 6
4 June Evening talk at Freshwater Memorial Hall, Isle of Wight
4 June Free exhibition at Freshwater Memorial Hall, Isle of Wight
3 June Interview with Isle of Wight Radio
2 June Interview with Bob Diggles on BBC Radio Solent
28 May Book Signing at County Press Shop, Isle of Wight
27 May Interview with Talk Radio Europe
25 May Podcast – Music Heritage
23 May Interview with BBC Radio Surrey & Sussex

News and Reviews

The Times Literary Supplement review June 24, 2016

Review in The Times Literary Supplement,
June 24, 2016

Review in Oxfordshire Guardian, June 2 2016

Review in Oxfordshire Guardian,
June 2 2016

The Rock and Roll Chemist, May 30 2016

Review in The Rock and Roll Chemist,
May 30, 2016

Daily Mail Online review

Review by Ray Connolly for the Daily Mail,
26 May 2016

Classic Rock Magazine review

Review by Malcolm Dome in
Classic Rock Magazine

 

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Bios

Ray Foulk1

Ray Foulk

Caroline Foulk1

Caroline Foulk

Ray Foulk, now based in Oxford, has fostered many passions since his early days as a promoter. After the dizzy heights of the Isle of Wight Festivals and stadium events in London, the Foulk brothers were head-hunted by the Milton Keynes Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion to help plan the leisure content of their new city. Through this Ray brought the inventor/scientist/designer Buck­min­ster Fuller, to the project, embraced his envi­ron­men­tal­ism, and even­tu­ally trained as an architect himself at the Uni­ver­sity of Cambridge. Combining design, education and promotion he spent much of the nineties and noughties as an envi­ron­men­tal cam­paigner, and led the ambitious in-schools project, Blue Planet Day, rekin­dling the sat­is­fac­tion, and more, that the festivals had brought to his youth. Recent years have been dominated by envi­ron­men­tal archi­tec­ture and writing.
Caroline Foulk has worked with her father, Ray, for many years, research­ing, writing, and co-promoting the schools envi­ron­men­tal project, Blue Planet Day. Recently, together they have completed a screen­play for the cinema about the invention of modern art. Caroline trained and worked as a teacher and lives in Oxford with her husband and three children.