August 31 – Threepenny Opera, Isle of Wight, Gold Rush


Berlin debut of musical comedy The Threepenny Opera by German dramatist Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, who wrote over 20 operas.

Playing over 400 times in two years at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, it’s most famous tune is Mack the Knife, popularized in the 1950s by Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin.

 ( Fabulous web site ▷Floormic▹ Mack the Knife


The first Isle of Wight Festival is held. (*)

Acts include Jefferson Airplane, Arthur Brown, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Pretty Things. There are about 150,000 attendees in 1969 and 600,000 in 1970, with Jimi Hendrix‘ making one of his last appearances.

Ending in 1970, the event is revived in 2002. The 1970 fest is remembered in 1997 Murray Lerner documentary film Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival.
 ~ UK rock fests    ( Website

See also: List of music festivals


One of the best Rolling Stones tunes, Street Fighting Man, is released.


Canadian-American rocker Neil Young releases masterpiece 3rd studio album After the Gold Rush. (CA#5,US#8,UK#7)
Single Only Love Can Break Your Heart makes US#33. Beginning in the late 90s, most polls put the album in the top-100 albums ever; in 2003 Rolling Stone names it #71 of their Top 500 albums. ▷Popspot:Gold Rush▹
1972 followup album Harvest (US,AU,CA,UK #1), also overlooked by critics, is named the all-time #1 Canadian album in Bob Mersereau‘s 2007 book The Top 100 Canadian Albums. (I’m not Canadian but I’ll stick with Gold Rush.) Young enters the ▷Rock HoF in 1995▹ .
 ( Website Charlie Rose interview 
Gold Rush  When You Dance