I received an email from an old school mate today, in response to memories of the 1969 Isle of White festival. Pete was captain of the football team and also a Dylan fanatic, I believe he was at the Odeon concert on the "Judas tour". This is what he put in his email
"Was delivering bread for Hawleys that weekend in 69…. on a round in Sheldon/Yardley….had already seen some of the acts at Mothers in Erdington Blodwyn Pig, Bonzo Dog, Edgar Broughton, Aynsley Dunbar, Family, Liverpool Scene, The Nice, The Pretty Things…. had just bought Nashville Skyline for 32/6".
Apart from having an amazing memory for detail, (how can he possibly remember Nashville Skyline cost 32 shillings and six pence, £1.50 in todays money) he may shed a smidgen of evidence on things. I don't know if Pete would describe himself as working class, we both went to a catholic boys grammar school, and he didn't spend all his working life delivering bread, as I didn't spend all my life as a bus driver, (it was a very rock and roll thing for Grammar boys to do for a year or so' a sort of working class internship) , though I extended my driving wheeze by considerably more than a year.
Also I dont know if Pete would have described himself as a hippy. but he wasn't in the south of england that weekend.......................however I admit it's unclear whether he had Prince Buster on his dansette.