Last week, the Rolling Stones announced a summer concert in Hyde Park – an echo of one of the biggest pop culture events of the 60s. What do those who were there remember?
It really wasn't all about the Stones. King Crimson, Roy Harper and the late Alexis Korner all featured in the seminal cultural event of that British summer.
King Crimson nearly stole the show, playing songs from their forthcoming landmark album In the Court of the Crimson King. "It was a lovely sunny day, and it launched us," the band's manager, David Enthoven, remembers. "We overran, and there was a lot of waving at me by the Stones' stage manager. But we had to finish, and we did, with me crouching under the stage sounding an air-raid siren [which everyone in the crowd remembers, without knowing exactly why or whence it came]." Drummer Michael Giles says: "Hyde Park was a special and prestigious event for us. It was the first time we had played to tens of thousands of people in the open air. Being almost unknown, we were free to walk through the crowds unobserved."