During the July 4, 1970, weekend over 10,000 hippies descended on the small town of Eatonville Wash., (pop. 852) to attend the Buffalo Party Convention and Pig Roast at Buffalo Don Murphy’s Flying M Ranch. It was supposedly a political party gathering, but everyone knew what it really was—a rock festival.
The documentary Buffalo Rock aims to capture how the small town weathered the mini Woodstock—from police officers, to attendees, and from the political party that was created to the notorious Buffalo Don Murphy. The surreal rock festival captured the social tension of that era and had a lingering effect on generations to follow.