David Lee was 14 years old when his dad gave him $20 to make the trek from Columbus to Byron with his high school buddies for a three-day music festival in July 1970.
The event drew hundreds of thousands of people to the Middle Georgia Raceway in rural Georgia. Tickets for the three-day festival were $14. So Lee had to get by on $6.
“My friends and I brought miscellaneous chicken, potato chips, things like that,” said Lee. “There was a lot of watermelon there and peaches — and water was at a premium too. It was really hot.”
Lee, who now lives in Colbert and has a film and editing studio in Athens called Digima24, still has the ticket stub from that festival. It’s a treasured possession from a weekend with a myriad of stories. Lee has jotted down notes about the event over the years. And he’s now hard at work making a feature film documentary about Alex Cooley, the event’s organizer who viewed the massive festival traffic jam from a helicopter, wondering what he had done.
David Lee holds artwork for “Time Has Come Today,” a documentary about music promoter Alex Cooley, who brought big-name musicians to big-time crowds in the South.
Colbert resident working on documentary about legendary music and the man who brought the tunes to rural Georgia
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