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Bonnaroo’s Headiest Hippies Tell All

Tie-dye, psychedelics and the occassional striptease – what really goes down in central Tennessee

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J. James Joiner

As an artist, earning an invitation to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival calls for a celebration – check out our exclusive backstage gallery for evidence. But don't think the 70,000-plus festivalgoers aren't making their own fun, too. Take it from My Morning Jacket's Jim James: "You get to run around like a wild savage for a few days," says James, who led this year's Superjam with John Oates and the Family Stone's Larry Graham. "Anything goes." Enter photojournalist J. James Joiner, who paraded Great Stage Park in search of 'Roo's wildest characters. The following 27 ticketholders were asked a series of questions, including "What's the craziest thing you've done to get into a concert?" and "What drugs are you on right now?" Their answers – "I stripped to get attention!" "All of 'em!" – may shock and suprise you.

By Blaine McEvoy and J. James Joiner

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Hannah Rogers

What's the farthest you've traveled for a concert?
Sixteen hours.

Who's the most famous person you've met at a concert?
Bassnectar.

What's the craziest thing you've done to get into a concert?
I bought tickets in a Walmart parking lot.

What drugs are you on right now?
Lemonade.

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Jimmy Bryant

What's the farthest you've traveled for a concert?
21 hours.

Who's the most famous person you've met at a concert?
Liz Phair.

What's the craziest thing you've done to get into a concert?
I hopped over two guys and a fence.

What drugs are you on right now?
No drugs. Just pot.

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Joe Valenzuela

What's the farthest you've traveled for a concert?
San Diego to Tennessee.

Who's the most famous person you've met at a concert?
Ron Jeremy.

What's the craziest thing you've done to get into a concert?
I broke in.

What drugs are you on right now?
Alcohol.

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Eli Elkus and Katie Bregenzer

What's the farthest you've traveled for a concert?
Eli Elkus: 3,000 miles.
Katie Bregenzer: 10 hours.

Who's the most famous person you've met at a concert?
Eli Elkus: Conor Oberst.
Katie Bregenzer: No one.

What's the craziest thing you've done to get into a concert?
Eli Elkus: I jumped a fence.
Katie Bregenzer: Nothing crazy.

What drugs are you on right now?
Eli Elkus: Molly, acid and MJ.
Katie Bregenzer: Pot.

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Lillian Beitel

What's the farthest you've traveled for a concert?
Philadelphia to Nashville.

Who's the most famous person you've met at a concert?
Ben Stiller.

What's the craziest thing you've done to get into a concert?
Wait for hours.

What drugs are you on right now?
None.

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Marcus Betts

What's the farthest you've traveled for a concert?
Florida to Maine.

Who's the most famous person you've met at a concert?
Kevin Spacey.

What's the craziest thing you've done to get into a concert?
Nothing.

What drugs are you on right now?
No comment.

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Caleb Jones

What's the farthest you've traveled for a concert?
Over 20 hours.

Who's the most famous person you've met at a concert?
The Polish ambassador.

What's the craziest thing you've done to get into a concert?
I hopped a fence.

What drugs are you on right now?
None.

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Melissa Flynn

What's the farthest you've traveled for a concert?
Four and a half hours.

Who's the most famous person you've met at a concert?
No one.

What's the craziest thing you've done to get into a concert?
I showed my boobs.

What drugs are you on right now?
Just alcohol and weed, but later I will be on Molly, if that makes a difference.

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Seth Carbaugh

What's the farthest you've traveled for a concert?
West Virginia to Atlanta.

Who's the most famous person you've met at a concert?
McLovin!

What's the craziest thing you've done to get into a concert?
I paid for tickets.

What drugs are you on right now?
Weed.

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Shadae Warren

What's the farthest you've traveled for a concert?
Twelve hours.

Who's the most famous person you've met at a concert?
Mick Jagger.

What's the craziest thing you've done to get into a concert?
Nothing.

What drugs are you on right now?
Molly.

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Alicia Basil, Mallory Hyde, Jacob Smith and Ellie Lowell

What's the farthest you've traveled for a concert?
Alicia Basil: Five hours.
Mallory Hyde: Seven hours.
Jacob Smith: Fifteen hours.
Ellie Lowell: Eight hours.

Who's the most famous person you've met at a concert?
Alicia Basil: No one.
Mallory Hyde: Ani DiFranco.
Jacob Smith: Conan O'Brien.
Ellie Lowell: No one.

What's the craziest thing you've done to get into a concert?
Alicia Basil: I wailed and cried.
Mallory Hyde: I flashed somebody.
Jacob Smith: Nothing.
Ellie Lowell: I faked an emergency.

What drugs are you on right now?
Alicia Basil: Molly.
Mallory Hyde: 'Shrooms and alcohol.
Jacob Smith: All of the above.
Ellie Lowell: Molly.

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