Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

While anti-Vietnam War rallies were big news on campus, the major protest, and the one that received the most media attention, involved the use of Hillcrest Park for rock concerts. The editor of the June 1971 issue of the Torch called the issue “a microcosm of today’s life, with its generation gap, political polarization, and alienation between young people and a system which cannot or will not adapt itself to the needs and wishes of young people.” After complaints of unruly crowds and loud noise by residents living near Hillcrest Park, the City of Fullerton passed an ordinance outlawing the use of sound amplification in the park. When the rock concerts were stopped, riots and protests broke out, and the park was closed. Fullerton College students formed the Hillcrest Liberation Front, staging protests around Fullerton. The ban was temporarily lifted for an April 25, 1971 concert, where 2,500 people assembled at the Big Bowl area. Eleven people were arrested, mostly for drugs, but the rock concert was peaceful, although the ban remained. This is a photo of the April 25, 1971 concert.
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