Artists: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Canned Heat, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, The Who, Sha Na Na, Joe Cocker, Country Joe and the Fish, Arlo Guthrie, Ten Years Afters, Jefferson Airplane, John Sebastian, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix
44 years ago today on August 15th, 1969 the Woodstock Music & Art Fair opened with thirty-two musicians and bands performing over a period of four days in Bethel, New York. 400,000 people attended;two deaths were recorded (heroin overdose and run over by a tractor) and two births were also recorded.
The full line-up:
August 15th / 16th: Richie Havens, Swami Satchidananda, Sweetwater, Bert Sommer, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, and Joan Baez (who was six months pregnant)
August 16th / 17th: 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 & the Family Stone, The Who, and Jefferson Airplane
August 17th / 18th: Joe Cocker and The Grease Band, Country Joe and the Fish, Ten Years After, The Band, Johnny Winter (with Edgar Winter on three songs), Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sha Na Na, and Jimi Hendrix / Gypsy Sun & Rainbows
Acts that declined attendance to the festival because of ridiculous reasons:
Bob Dylan for fear of swarming hippies.
Jethro Tull for fear of naked ladies.
Led Zeppelin had a concert in New Jersey.
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention heard about the oncoming rain and did not want to perform around all of the mud.
Joni Mitchell didn’t want to miss her appearance on the “Dick Cavett Show" even though Jefferson Airplane and Crosby & Stills appeared on the Show thefollowing Tuesday after performing at Woodstock.
The Doors because Jim Morrison had a fear of wide open fields where people could easily shoot him.
The Beatles because Yoko Ono wasn’t invited, John Lennon couldn’t get a Visa to the United States because of his drug arrests, or the fact that they hadn’t played a gig since 1966.
The Rolling Stones because Mick Jagger was filming a movie (Ned Kelly) in Australia.
Eric Clapton was in England with Steve Winwood trying to get their supergroup Blind Faith off the ground… it was unsuccessful.
In 1970 the Woodstock documentary of the festival was released and won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. A live album was also realeased following the festival. Woodstock is the most widely recognized music festival to ever take place.
Track List: 1. Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin // 2. Over the Hills and Far Away by Led Zeppelin // 3. The Joker by The Steve Miller Band // 4. For What it’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield // 5. Dear Prudence by The Beatles // 6. I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag by Country Joe and the Fish // 7. Come and Get Your Love by Redbone // 8. All Right Now by Free // 9. Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell // 10. Beast of Burden by The Rolling Stones // 11. Suite Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young // 12. Blinded by the Light by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band // 13. Sexy Sadie by The Beatles // 14. Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan // 15. California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and the Papas // 16. D’yer Mak’er by Led Zeppelin // 17. One Toke over the Line by Brewer and Shipley // // 19. Never Going Back Again by Fleetwood Mac // 20. Going to California by Led Zeppelin // 21. Dig a Pony by The Beatles // 22. Truckin’ by The Grateful Dead //