Compiled by Simon Montgomery, © 2001

1967.01.03  The Other Side  Fayetteville, NC

Chuck and Joni Mitchell

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Bacsi on 2014-Apr-30 at 21:49:37 GMT-5:
I saw Joni in Fayetteville while training as a Special Forces medic. I don't believe Chuck was there. I think she mentioned some car trouble or an accident or bad weather travel delay. There were no more than half a dozen of us in the audience as I recall, and two were young inebriated soldiers from the 82nd Airborne who had come in just to harass the "hippies". Mike Thurman, a fellow SF medic trainee who had a reputation for being the most soft spoken member of our class was so upset at their drunken remarks that he let them know it was time to leave or shut up. I found out later that Joe Hanley, a fellow Maine man, who was then on his way to Vietnam with the 101st and was seriously wounded, saw Joni that night, too. Joe and I co-founded Maine Veterans for Peace in 1969. It is possible this was her May appearance, but someone commented about attending that concert with their college friends and I am certain that the miniscule audience she had that night was entirely composed of a few soldiers from Ft. Bragg. January sounds right.