If you’re finding yourself in a bit of a peaceful vibe and thinking of songs from yesteryear today, it’s probably due to the fact that on this day some 50 years ago that the “Woodstock Music and Art Fair” took place up in Bethel NY on Max Yasgur’s farm. Yeah, despite the name, the event was about 45 miles away from the town of Woodstock but that no longer seems to matter. The very well documented affair started out as a pay to enter thing but as the masses began to assemble after lengthy pilgrimages up the highways of New York State they just let anyone who arrived in for free. When it all came down to it there were about 400K in attendance. In honor of the music festivals milestone 50th year, I’ve culled together some topical images and information about who played on what day but left it at that since so much of the logistics and more are easily learned via the official Wiki which is linked down below.
Saturday, August 16 – Sunday, August 17:
Quill, Country Joe McDonald, Santana, John Sebastian, Keef Hartley Band, The Incredible String Band, Canned Heat, Mountain, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who and Jefferson Airplane.
Sunday, August 17 – Monday, August 18:
Joe Cocker and The Grease Band, Country Joe and the Fish, Ten Years After, The Band, Johnny Winter, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sha Na Na, Jimi Hendrix/Gypsy Sun & Rainbows.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: So I must admit that I don’t really know too many people that actually attended Woodstock and I had to laugh at a recent interview I saw where someone said the number of people who say “I Was There” but didn’t, numbers in the millions while only just over 400K did make the event. I should add that earlier in the week I met a couple of women at a convention I was attending and they said that while they had tickets to go and got as far as a nearby hotel, they never made the actual festival since the only option to get there was by helicopter and they said no thanks to that. She made sure to mention that their other friends opted for such a ride but that wasn’t for her. When Woodstock happened I was four years old so I wasn’t going there and while my Mom rocks, she wasn’t the type to bring a toddler to a three day music festival. Like many of the folks my age, I lived Woodstock as a memory that would be documented in music magazines, on record albums and in documentaries. I should add that back in 2009, I had the pleasure of being invited to the 40th Anniversary Party by the record label and a Special Event Review was composed for it that you can read HERE if you are interested. Not long after that event I made sure to add my voice to some special re-releases like the Santana, Johnny Winter and Woodstock Original Soundtrack since it was all very relevant content to add to our presentations. To see any of those pieces just click the highlighted text as it will open them up in a new tab. Sadly, despite a whole lot of fuss, the Woodstock 50 festival is not happening and seemed to be plagued by issues from the onset. It was not even happening near the original site and was going to be hundreds of miles further up and then over in some other place before being shifted to Maryland before its cancellation. Whew. It was very hard to keep up with it since the information was hard to find but we did so you remained in the know.
I’ll close up now and say “Happy 50th Anniversary” Woodstock. I’ll probably be watching my Blu-ray of the famed documentary and listening to some of the tunes that were played on Spotify. What are your thoughts on this latest Music Milestone? Chime in down below in the comments section and I will see you next time.
Official Wiki Entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodstock