Sweetwater, Joan Baez, and other folk artists also played Friday night. 1 year ago. Richie Havens opened Woodstock at 5:07 p.m. on Friday evening, and because many of the other musicians were stuck in traffic, he was on stage for a while and claimed he’d played every song he knew. So, we were all scared. Jefferson Airplane at the Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York on August 17, 1969. For three straight days in August 1969, more than 400,000 members of America's counter-culture generation braved rain and food shortages to … Don't ask me I don't give a damn. At Woodstock, the film evidence implies Arlo mainly played the Candelas 12. It was either we were gonna fail miserably or be a success. Bill Eppridge/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images The Woodstock Festival, held in August 1969, was a watershed moment in the 1960s counterculture movement. ⏱ Quiz Timer. The museum focuses on preserving and interpreting the legacy of the ’60s and the spirit of the festival. They Played on the Main Stage at Woodstock 50 Years Ago—No, Really The estimated 450,000 fans who attended the 1969 music festival got to see Janis, Jimi and…Ira The 1969 Woodstock music festival. All Rights Reserved. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at Woodstock. “It was just mind-blowing,” said McCartney. This quiz will be about the festival and its performers. Photo: STILLS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images. Although The Who was scheduled for Saturday, they didn’t end up taking the stage until Sunday at 5 am. Artie Kornfeld (one of the promoters of the festival) went to Fred Weintraub, an executive at Warner Bros., and asked for money to film the festival. “I looked out at all of those faces in front of me and the word ‘freedom’ came to mind.”. Leigh Weingus is a New York-based freelance writer and editor, focusing on topics like health and wellness, entertainment, personal finance, and more. August 15, 1969, marked the beginning of what would become a 4-day musical festival. Music and peace.”. Their electric, Latin-infused Woodstock performance, driven by 20-year-old drummer Michael Shrieve, put them on the rock n’ roll map. From already-established musicians to burgeoning acts, there was no shortage of talent even if there was an overflowing amount of drugs and alcohol at the event. His main guitars at the time were a Martin D-18 and a couple of Candelas flattops made by the Delgado family in Los Angeles, a six-string and a 12-string. As the first Black woman to headline the 2018 music festival, the Grammy winner combined African American history and her iconic music catalog for a two-hour show that changed pop culture. If you know the names of all of the musicians that played at Woodstock Festival in 1969, I would be grateful if you could tell me. During the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of 500,000 concert-goers…. Paul Butterfield Blues Band > … “I don’t know, man. And how did Green Day and Nine Inch Nails end up becoming the muddy heroes of the festival? Since then, he hasn't stopped working, releasing 23 albums, most recently Nobody Left To Crown in 2008. For me the 1969 Woodstock Festival was the single greatest musical event in the history of man. Richie Havens Richard P. Havens, 1983 (1968) Released May, 1969. Day 3: Sunday, August 17 1969. Singer Grace Slick performs with Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock. Heal me.’ And a blue spotlight shone down on Roger Daltrey in a white buckskin outfit. As you can see, there was a bus there. By August 15, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people had flocked to upstate New York to attend Woodstock, the epic 3-day music festival that was said to be the capstone of a cultural movement. While we remember the anti-war chants, the hippie fashion, the mud and the nudity, music was Woodstock's core. Carlos Santana (right) and bassist David Brown performing at the Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York on August 16, 1969. The Who, one of the biggest acts of the 1960s British Invasion, took the Woodstock stage at 5 a.m. early Sunday morning after a funk-rock set by Sly and the Family Stone. They played their exceptional Tommy album, a Rock Opera dealing with the struggle of a deaf, dumb and blind boy who later finds a cure and gains stardom with his messianic movement. "It was plainly evident from the size of the crowd and the overwhelming factors like weather, roads and food that we were in the middle of a disaster. Recently I listened to the woodstock records. Jan 30, 2020 - Explore R. Scott Ebert's board "Woodstock concert" on Pinterest. The seven-minute version of “With a Little Help From My Friends” that Cocker and his band sang to close his set at Woodstock is one of the most iconic live performances of all time. I’m American so I play it. The singer was also paid a pretty penny making a total of six thousand dollars for his one performance. Tweet. Not everybody at Woodstock came for the music. The sun was coming up, people were asleep in the mud. Sommer’s performance of “Jennifer” at the festival is included in D.A. "When you're on stage in front of six hundred and fifty thousand people you just know that this is a momentous event and probably will never happen again, and it never did," singer David Clayton-Thomas said. It was our time to prove ourselves. Woodstock Music and Art Fair "Strawberry Fields Forever", performed on stage by Richie on the Festival it's here. Played 8 times. We were a new band. Grateful Dead may have been one of the more famous performers at Woodstock, but their set didn’t exactly knock it out of the park. I mean, it wasn’t any f*****g revolution; it was a three-day period during which people were decent to one another because they realized that if they weren’t, they’d all get hungry.". They played their famous rock opera album Tommy, and by the time they got to the album’s finale, the sun was rising. “They performed the whole Tommy album at Woodstock. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performing in California in September 1969. "One of my strongest memories of that day is flying in the helicopter over that vast, spectacular crowd that had already stretched back over the hills and well out of view of the stage. ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ by Joe Cocker, ‘I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag’ by Country Joe and the Fish, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ by Jimi Hendrix. Roughly 400,000 people gathered on that farm in Bethel, New York. Founded by: Michael Lang, John P. Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld. 1969 Woodstock Woodstock Festival Woodstock Music Woodstock Photos Neil Young Music Is Life My Music 1969 Music Music Concerts. Pennebaker’s documentary “Woodstock Diary 1969: Friday Saturday Sunday,” available as an import. 00:00 Correct! Albums by the artists that played at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 released at the same year of the Festival -In the order of the Event appearance. “What a great way to wake up, to Grace Slick saying ‘Good morning, Woodstock!’”. Next stop is Viet Nam. The sound was shit. His last work then, Electric Ladyland, lent to his performance at the Woodstock Festival "Vooddo Child (Slight Return)". Our team was there at the request of the Museum at Bethel Woods, which was established in 2008 as custodian of the 1969 Woodstock festival site. “I remember sitting on a hill and listening to The Band,” says Goldman. For folks who hadn’t heard Tommy yet, the musical highlight probably came during The Who’s encore set. And it's five, six, seven, open up the pearly gates. They included “Coming Into Los Angeles,” “Wheel Of Fortune,” “Every Hand In The Land” and “Amazing Grace.”. Canned Heat hit the height of their career in the late 1960’s when they played the Monterey Pop Festival as well as Woodstock 1969. Woodstock 1969. Play! After running through a rousing rendition of their best-known hit, the band transitioned into an extended improvisation called “Naked Eye,” featuring long guitar solos from Townshend backed by Keith Moon’s frenetic drumming. Woodstock was only their fourth gig [1] but they played in front of 500,000 people. “I don’t remember if I had heard of Santana before Woodstock, but I thought they were tremendous,” says Carl Porter, who attended Woodstock not far from his home in Sullivan County, New York. The Woodstock festival of 1969 hosted iconic performers like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Who for more than 400,000 people in Bethel, New York. “I was wearing a tie-dyed shirt, and when I took it off after, the colors had stained my chest in the exact same pattern.”, Blood, Sweat & Tears performing in New York City, circa 1970, Photo: Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, The R&B group Blood, Sweat & Tears didn’t get onstage until 1:30 am on Monday morning, and they played 10 songs total. After wishing everyone a good morning, she played through light rain. Folk singer Joan Baez, who was pregnant, was the last artist to perform on the first day, taking the stage around 1 am. The festival, which featured 32 acts total, was chaotic, rainy, and forever changed the history of music. Slick led the band through a raw and rocking 100-minute set that included their hits “Somebody to Love” and the Alice in Wonderland-inspired ode to experimentation, “White Rabbit.” Unlike other bands who got sloppy when playing live, Jefferson Airplane’s live rendition of “White Rabbit” was taut and terrific. Photo: Tucker Ransom/Hulton Archive/Getty Images, Woodstock was a breakout moment for Santana. To drive the anti-war message home, Hendrix even inserted a bar from “Taps,” the military funeral hymn. Another rare acoustic seen at the festival was played by Arlo Guthrie. Guitar genius Carlos Santana and his band were another group of newcomers who had recently recorded their first album before taking the Woodstock stage on Saturday afternoon. Days before he was to head overseas into “a very uncertain future,” Porter believed Hendrix was playing the National Anthem just for him. He was passing around gluten-free bread and mercury-free fish," Carlos Santana told Billboard about his favorite memory from the festival. Cocker physically embodied the music, scream-singing in his guttural bluesy voice while completely reinventing the Beatles song as a gospel refrain. Supposedly on drugs during his rainy performance, Guthrie played seven songs in total. It was a period of time in which everyone was happy and love went all around. We were all battling the elements and ourselves. Hailing from San Francisco, the psychedelic/bluesy group Jefferson Airplane was scheduled for Saturday but didn’t perform until Sunday at 8 am. Have fun with it! Jimi hendrix did not record any official album in the studio during 1969. The three-day event was set to take place in Watkins Glen, New York on Aug. 16–18 to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the original Woodstock festival in 1969. And the party atmosphere was going.". In 1979, Cocker joined the "Woodstock in Europe" tour, which featured musicians like Arlo Guthrie and Richie Havens who had played at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Hollywood took some liberties while bringing the story of this musical Austrian family to the big screen. Woodstock has since become known as the festival of peace, love, and rock n' roll. The song was released in 1970, and The Who played at Woodstock the year before. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history and was listed on Rolling Stone's "50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll". 1 year ago. In light of this 50 th anniversary, … I mean, it was terrible by the time we went on. Richie Havens performing onstage at the Woodstock, August 15, 1969. After several venue changes, Woodstock Music and Art Fair officially opened its doors on August 15, 1969. Initially I played the bass parts on my 6-string guitar but eventually bought a bass guitar. Thirty-two acts performed during the sometimes rainy weekend in front of nearly half a million concertgoers. He was also an avid reader of botany and ecology. We got some nice footage for memories,” Cocker said. For me the 1969 Woodstock Festival was the single greatest musical event in the history of man. "The weekend was great, but our set was terrible. Mountain played heavy Blues Rock, mainly influenced by the well-known band Cream. Jefferson Airplane, a popular San Francisco act fronted by the inimitable Grace Slick, was next to take the stage around 8 a.m. on Sunday. The stage was dark, then we heard ‘See me. Music Lists. The Who were scheduled as the second to last act (before Jefferson Airplane) to play on Saturday, August 16th. He also performed in New York's Central Park to an audience of 20,000 people. Woo… On February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and their pilot Roger Peterson died in a plane crash, a tragedy that has been remembered as “The Day the Music Died.”. When: August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bassist David Brown (left) performs with the other members of Santana, including bandleader Carlos Santana (with guitar… (Getty)A hippie couple pose together arm in arm with others around them, during the Woodstock music festival in 1969. Paul McCartney remembers hearing it for the first time at a Saville Row studio in London. If you looked out and saw a sea of people, I imagine you'd be scared too, to play and be rejected. The Woodstock Music & Art Fair was a music festival held on a 600-acre (2.4 km²; 240 ha, 0.94 mi²) dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bill Eppridge/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images. ... We played the popular songs of the day. Who played Woodstock 94? “One of my all-time favorite songs is ‘The Weight.’ When I heard them do that, I was on cloud nine.”. Like we knew there were a half million people out there, but we couldn't see one of them. “I heard this thing and my mind was completely blown,” says Nancy Eisenstein, who attended Woodstock in part to see The Who play live. Editor’s note: Later this summer the music world will mark 50 years since Jimi Hendrix and the Gypsy Suns and Rainbows took the stage in the early morning light of Aug. 18, 1969, to close out the Woodstock Music Festival. He continued to tour, and in August 2009 performed at the site of the original Woodstock stage for the festival's 40th anniversary. The Woodstock Music and Art Festival was a rock music festival at Max Yasgur's 600 acre (2.4 km²) dairy farm in the town of Bethel, New York from 15–18 August 1969. Woodstock was an Aquarian Exposition held on August 15 through 18, 1969. A group she really didn’t want to miss, though, was The Band, which had started out as a rockabilly group in Canada. Townshend capped off the performance by bashing his guitar on the stage and then tossing it into the crowd. However, after the townspeople of Walkill objected, the concert site was moved to the farm of Max B. Yasgur (Max Yeah-zgrrr). She played at Woodstock early Sunday morning, and her set list included “Raise Your Hand,” “Kozmic Blues" and “Piece Of My Heart.”, "I think she found it incredibly interesting and fun," Joplin's brother, Michael, said of the weekend. It was held at Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskills near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Richie Havens opened the Woodstock festival on Friday, August 15, 1969, taking the stage for a whole two hours from 5:07 pm until 7:00 pm. He had long hair, and I know he was really high. Day 4: Monday, August 18 1969. Looking down, my only thought was, "This is incredible. August 15, 1969, marked the beginning of what would become a 4-day musical festival. One of the reasons why the Woodstock Festival in 1969 became historical is because of the stellar lineup. Melanie Vintage Concert Photo Fine Art Print from Woodstock (Bethel, NY), Aug 15, 1969. Jimi Hendrix and his band, at that time called Gypsy Sun & Rainbows  —and later Band of Gypsys — was scheduled as the last performance of the festival. Jesus was the first hippie that I know. Wrong! It’s fitting that after Cocker finished his set, the skies over Bethel, New York erupted in an apocalyptic summer thunderstorm that drenched the crowd and delayed the music for nearly an hour. I remember it being something really spectacular for me, the stage and the lights at night and the performances. We don't know how magical it was - although it looks pretty cool - but we think it's a safe bet the song was inspired by the festival. We’re with ya!’ So, in front of a half a million people for the rest of my big Woodstock concert, I played for… that guy.”, Woodstock was one of Janis Joplin’s early performances after breaking free of her band, Big Brother & The Holding Company. Over the weekend beginning on August 15, 1969, approximately 400,000 people, mostly hippies, young people, and members of the progressive "counterculture" youth movement, descended upon Max Yasgur's farm near Bethel, New York, to witness the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, billed as "an aquarian exposition" and "three days of peace and music." Joan Baez singing and playing the guitar at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in Bethel, New York on August 16, 1969. Relatively unknown folk rocker Richie Havens wasn’t supposed to be the first act to play Woodstock, but when four other groups became snarled in the festival’s legendary traffic, the festival promoters convinced Havens and his band to take the stage hours after the concert was scheduled to begin on Friday afternoon. And they’re asleep. Woodstock '94 was a music festival organized in 1994 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival of 1969.It was promoted as "2 More Days of Peace and Music." Joe Cocker > Playlist Country Joe & The Fish > Set List Ten Years After > Set List Johnny Winter > Playlist Blood Sweat And Tears > Set List Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young > Playlist. A group of people step over a torn-down fence in order to enter the Woodstock grounds in August … Back in the Sixties, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and The Who played to … Expecting 50,000 … Woodstock 1969 Lineup and Songlist. Wrong! Dec 14, 2017 - Explore Charlotte Hoffman's board "Woodstock 1969" on Pinterest. The song was released in 1970, and The Who played at Woodstock the year before. The festival had been scheduled to be held in Walkill, New York. See more ideas about woodstock 1969, woodstock, woodstock festival. The lineup boasted a range of big name acts including Jay-Z, The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Dead & Company, Imagine Dragons, Chance The Rapper and Santana. Woodstock '99 (also called Woodstock 1999), held July 22–25, 1999, was the second large-scale music festival (after Woodstock '94) that attempted to emulate the original Woodstock festival of 1969. From August 15-18, 1969, something remarkable happened on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Upstate New York. The exhausted Monday-morning crowd had dwindled to 30,000 when Hendrix and his backing band took the stage to play through hits like “Foxy Lady” and “Purple Haze.”, But for anyone who witnessed it—or has even watched the clip on YouTube—there’s no forgetting Hendrix’s haunting interpretation of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Its melody is drenched in feedback and bombarded by whammy-bar sirens, wails, machine gun fire and auditory “bombs bursting in air.”. Photo: Daniel Wolf/The Boston Globe via Getty Images. The Who's Roger Daltrey at the Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York on August 17, 1969. Folksinger Country Joe McDonald playing guitar while performing at Woodstock. A rchaeology—surprisingly, to some—has played a small but vital role in these efforts. In fact, when he took to the stage at 9 a.m., the … Songs like 'All You Need Is Love,' 'Imagine' or “'One Love,' those are hippie songs, because they believe in unity and harmony for the whole planet. Porter, who was about to ship out to the front lines, didn’t appreciate the sentiment, but McDonald goaded the crowd to sing along and ended up with hundreds of thousands on their feet and clapping along by the end. Member Stephen Stills admitted to being “scared s******s.” The group played an acoustic set, an electric set and acoustic encores. We were all pretty smashed, and it was at night. Nothing like this had ever happened before, planned or by surprise. In 1969, 400,000 people descended on Bethel, New York, headed to a dairy farm owned by Max and Miriam Yasgur, where the Woodstock festival was being held. And we knew that it was historic in proportion. Woodstock Music & Art Fair. It was 51 years ago today, Aug. 17, that The Who took the stage at the original For one year and five months, the First Lady oversaw her husband's affairs while he recovered from his illness. Hendrix's performance was one of the last songs on stage at Woodstock. It looked like one of those pictures of the souls coming up out of hell, like Dante’s Inferno," CCR's John Fogerty wrote in his memoir, Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music. Joe Cocker went on stage at 2 pm on Sunday, and Woodstock was a pivotal moment in his career. Despite all the troubles, the Woodstock Festival got started nearly on time. ", "Woodstock was a lot of fun," singer Marty Balin recalled. Stephen,” “Mama Tried,” “Dark Star,” “High Time” and “Turn On Your Lovelight.”, "Well, we played such a bad set at Woodstock," Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia said in 1971. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us! “This is kind of our hymn,” said a young Pete Townshend, as the band prepared for its final number. I thought it was beautiful. We were not well rehearsed.". All I do is play it. Happy Day,” “I Shall Be Released,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” and “We Shall Overcome.”, "Oh, I had a lovely time at Woodstock. Here’s a look back at some of the concert’s top acts: Richie Havens opening the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in Bethel, New York on August 15, 1969. The Woodstock Festival was a music festival, billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music". Rain flooded the stage (which put them in danger of electric shock), their heavy equipment crushed the stage and many of the songs were delayed. Also if you know any other musicians who wanted peace such as John Lennon, could you tell me? © 2021 A&E Television Networks, LLC. The poster used to promote the first concert was revised to feature two birds perched on the neck of an electric guitar, instead of the original acoustic one. Her setlist was 14 songs total, featuring “Oh! "One of the things that was interesting to me was that everybody at the time knew that we were in a history-making mode," Guthrie told Smithsonian.com. Jason Laure/Woodfin Camp/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images/Getty Images. Woodstock transformed Havens from a Greenwich Village favorite to an international star. The soulful British rocker Joe Cocker released his debut album, named for his cover of the famous Beatles song, just four months before Woodstock. “They moved the crowd like nothing I’ve ever seen.”. Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty at the Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York on August 17, 1969. Feel me. They played from 10:30 pm to midnight on the second day, but their entire performance was filled with technical difficulties. The rabble-rousing Berkeley musician Country Joe McDonald brought the crowd back to life after the soaking with a rousing cheer known as the “Fish” cheer, but featuring another four-letter word. After multiple encores, a sweat-soaked Havens came out to play one more song without any idea what it was going to be. “Joe totally turned the song into a soul anthem, and I was forever grateful to him for doing that.”. Here is (yet) another bootleg of The Who at the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in August 1969. That came out to 11 songs total, including “From The Prison,” “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “High Flying Bird.". https://liveforlivemusic.com/news/woodstock-top-15-performances Toronto native Linda Goldman was there to experience the scene—camping with hippie families from the Hog Farm, swimming in the pond—and to catch the occasional performance. FACT CHECK: We strive for accuracy and fairness. On August 15, 1969, thousands of people gathered at a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York, for what would become one of the biggest events in music history. Arlo Guthrie, son of musician Woody Guthrie, started his set at 11:55 p.m. on Friday night. A rchaeology—surprisingly, to some—has played a small but vital role in these efforts. His cover of “With A Little Help From My Friends” was a crowd-pleaser in particular, and shortly after he finished performing, the festival was hit with a thunderstorm that led to a two-hour delay. Singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townshend of British rock band The Who on stage during Woodstock, August 16 1969. The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was organized by four inexperienced promoters who nonetheless signed a who’s who of current rock acts, including Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, the Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shankar, and Country Joe and the Fish. Ahead of Woodstock, 186,000 tickets were sold — but the actual turnout was so high that the festival was opened up to the public for free. For many, it showed the counterculture of the 1960s and the "hippie era". On top of that, it was raining or wet, so that every time we touched our guitars, we'd get these electrical shocks. 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