The Music Never Stopped During the 1968 Pandemic

From September 1968 to December 1969, Matt Kibbe’s favorite band, the Grateful Dead, would play 177 concerts in the United States. It’s hard to imagine today, but this happened in the midst of a global pandemic that would kill an estimated 1,000,000 people. The Hong Kong Flu of 1968 was carried to the United States by soldiers returning to California from the Vietnam War. The Dead, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and many more iconic bands never stopped playing. Even Woodstock carried on in the midst of the pandemic. So why is everyone singing a different tune now during COVID-19?

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Matt Kibbe

Matt Kibbe is President at Free the People, an educational foundation using video storytelling to turn on the next generation to the values of personal liberty and peaceful cooperation. He is also co-founder and partner at Fight the Power Productions, a video and strategic communications company. Kibbe is the host of BlazeTV’s Kibbe on Liberty, a popular podcast that insists that you think for yourself.

Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author three books, most recently the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.

He was senior advisor for a Rand Paul Presidential Super PAC in 2016, and later co-founded AlternativePAC to promote libertarian values.

In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in 2015. Steve Forbes said: “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.”

An economist by training, Kibbe did graduate work at George Mason University and received his B.A. from Grove City College. He serves at the whim of his awesome wife Terry, and their three objectivist cats, Roark, Ragnar and Rearden. Kibbe is a fanatical DeadHead, drinker of craft beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on Austrian economics.

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  • lol at 1,000,000 GLOBALLY and ONLY 100,000 in the USA. So have you changed your tune about this or still chasing that ego? I bet your video is even more comical than your excerpt.

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