Riot Closes Newport Jazz Festival

July 4, 1960, Jazz Fest Riot

July 4, 1960: Newport, R.I. — “Mobs of students, many of whom had driven long distances to hear their favorite musicians, were broken up with tear gas bombs, streams of water from high-pressure fire hoses and flying wedges of police cars.”

July 4, 1960, Jazz Fest Riot

July 4, 1960, Jazz Fest Riot

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2 Responses to Riot Closes Newport Jazz Festival

  1. patrick says:

    Once upon a time Jazz was dangerous…


  2. Colleen says:

    I was astonished to see this article when I decided to see if I could find any info about the riot at the festival which I attended with a friend from Albany,NY.
    We witnessed the beginning of the riot and quickly got out of town.
    I don’t recall where we spent the night but it was definitely on a beach nearby.
    How lucky we were to have chosen tickets for Saturday night.


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