Bill Mankin is a music-lover, writer and international environmental policy activist who spent his teenage years in the 1960s in Atlanta. He attended five rock festivals in Georgia and Florida from 1968-1970, serving as a volunteer for one of them and as a member of the construction and stage crews for another. From 1969-1973 he also worked on innumerable rock concert stage and security crews, in promotions, as a stage manager, and on concert tours as an equipment roadie, truck driver, and sound technician in charge of stage audio. In 1980, Bill won a Bronze Award from the Houston International Film Festival for his screenplay about dreams, desperation and death in the world of rock’n’roll. He has written album reviews and interviews for NoDepression.com and wrote the liner notes for the Jimi Hendrix album release, “Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival”. He is currently researching and interviewing for a book on the December 1968 Miami Pop Festival. In his spare time he occasionally recalls a favorite quote by Leonard Cohen, from Chelsea Hotel No. 2: "We are ugly, but we have the music."