I could have put this inside this mornings “Today in History”, but stuff like this needs its own write up, so here you go. Today marks the second day of the music and arts festival, cultural phenomenon, and get down gathering that was Woodstock.
On August 16, 1969, artists such as Canned Heat, a pregnant Joan Baez, Santana, and the Grateful Dead all graced the stage built at Max Yasgur’s 600 acre dairy farm on this day in the village of White Lake, New York, part of the town of Bethel. Playing for a group of over 400,000 muddy and happy listeners, these acts made this sleepy landscape in the Catskills their own city.
The End, or the Beginning?
Regarded as one of the most pivotal moments in music history and a defining moment in counterculture, Woodstock took on a life of it’s own leading up to, during, and after the actual event.
While the above artist all played on Saturday, August 16, there were some other notable artists that also hit the stage, albeit technically the next day. Creedence Clearwater Revival played following the Dead at 12:30AM, Janis Joplin played from 2-3 in the morning, Sly and the Family Stone (sneaky one of the better performances, look it up) went up from 3:30-4:20, The Who ripped from 5-6, and Jefferson Airplane topped it all off from 8-9:40. Imagine that, seeing some of an era’s best band’s (mind you an era where music was almost universally agreed upon as being some of the best) from 12 in the afternoon on a Saturday to 9 AM on a Sunday?
Alright well at this point you all get it, monumental occasion in music history, one of the biggest rock festivals of all time, blah blah blah. Why don’t I just shut up and give you some visuals?
This performance of “Soul Sacrifice” actually gave them what was more or less their first burst of attention. Fun fact, the drummer for Santana, Michael Shrieve, was the youngest performer a Woodstock at 20. Another fun fact, this is the first and only time that frontman Carlos Santana described part of it as though the neck of his guitar was a snake and he was sort of wrestling with it. Drugs are a trip ain’t they?
Anyone one else try to destroy their guitar and then throw it into the crowd after their first song of the set?
Fun fact this was actually a pretty bad performance as far as the Grateful Dead goes, the sound equipment was poor relative to what they were used to and the stage was not doing to well. They had to stop their set short because the stage amps overloaded during “Turn On Your Love Light”
Grace Slick will forever and always be one of the sexiest people to ever exist.
Well, remember the good times everyone! See you soon!