Before the Internet, before Instagram and iPhones and before the crowded festival schedule, there was Lollapalooza. Twenty-five years ago, Lollapalooza was going to be a traveling Woodstock for a whole new generation, playing 26 shows in 21 cities. Jane’s Addiction, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Living Colour, NIN, Fishbone & Ice-T all played the main stage.
But it was more than music! At the time, festival organizer and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell wanted an event that would spark conversation and stimulate debate. Farrell wanted to invite disparate groups to set up stalls on the festival grounds, making room for both the NRA and Greenpeace. Farrell told music writer Simon Reynolds:
“It would be way too easy for me to take everything that’s obviously politically correct and have this hip, left-wing event. But I don’t want to make out I have the answers, all I want to do is pose the questions.”
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