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 the President and Chief Community Organizer of Free the People. He is a leading advocate for personal, civil and economic liberties. An economist by training, Kibbe is a public policy expert, bestselling author, and political commentator. He also known for his podcast, Kibbe on Liberty.

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