Happy birthday to one of the originals. And, he’s still rockin’ …
After decades of notable absence from audio and video documentation, The Band goes back to the Woodstock Music and Art Fair this month.
August 19, 1969 ~ Mere hours after the epic festival, Crosby, Stills and Nash appear on the Dick Cavett Show, giving a first-hand account of the Woodstock festival that took place over the weekend. Joni Mitchell, who skipped the festival to make sure she could keep her appearance on the show, performs a song she wrote about it called “Woodstock” and also “Chelsea Morning.” The Jefferson Airplane appear, too, and Grace more than a few times calls Dick Cavette “Jim.” Finally, Cavette responds, “You’ve got to learn my name, Miss, Joplin!”
Jimi Hendrix wakes up Woodstock and closes the festival in the early morning hours with his interpretation of The Star Spangled Banner.
He tells Dick Cavett later that the performance wasn’t blasphemous or combative. To him, it was simply “beautiful.”
For many, it is the defining moment of a defining cultural event.
Mark Goff was 22 years old when he snapped photos of the famous event that drew artists such as Jerry Garcia and Janis Joplin for a newspaper in Milwaukee called Kaleidoscope. A cabinet in Goff’s home held 225 images from Woodstock …
August 17, 1969 ~ Woodstock moves into day three, with performances by Joe Cocker; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Blood, Sweat & Tears; and Country Joe & the Fish, who perform their famous “Fish Cheer.”
It’s Day 2 of Woodstock, featuring performances by the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin and Santana. One memorable moment comes during The Who’s set, when the activist Abbie Hoffman interrupts their set and grabs the microphone.
After saying a few words about fellow activist John Sinclair, Pete Townshend hits him with his guitar.