The Ozark Music Festival

Three days that marked the peak of rock n' roll decadence


 The Ozark Music Festival  was held July 19-21, 1974 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Mo.  More than 150,000 people were on hand for three days of sex, drugs and rock n' roll.  See the photos and story below for more on one of the wildest events ever held in the United States.  

As you look through this Web site, be sure to click on the links to a short 8mm film taken at the OMF and a trailer for a proposed movie about the OMF.


I believe this is the Web's most comprehensive account of the festival.  It may well be that these are the only photos that have been posted on the Internet.  I haven't seen any others.  So I hope you enjoy.  

Since I created this site in 2006, I've been contacted by many people sharing some of their memories from the summer of 1974.  I've also heard from quite a few people who say they're gonna write a book about the OMF or have video or pics or some similar story.  Some also claim to have the real story behind the OMF.  Sadly, there's been no follow-up. 

Click here to see a about two-and-a-half minutes of a silent 8mm home movie taken at the OMF.

Click here to see a trailer for a proposed movie about the OMF.


 The Eagles, Joe Walsh, Leo Kottke, Charlie Daniels Band, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lynard Skynard, Marshall Tucker, and Electric Flag  are some of the bands I remember.  There were many more.


Rod, John and Chip made the trip on behalf of the Blue Angels.  Here's Chip talking with George, a guy from St. Louis we kinda took under our wing.  George rode his bicycle to Sedalia from St. Louis.  We gave him a lift home on our way back to Illinois.


This is a scan of the button people who bought tickets were given as a way to indicate they had paid to get in.  Admission was $15 in advance, $20 at the gate.  However, thousands got in free.   See the article below.



                     "Trying to stay cool"  Thanks Rose!


Click here to see some really nice photos taken by David Mann!