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General Information on the Woodstock Festival in 1969

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  • Woodstock was supposed to be held in Wallkill, not Woodstock as the slideshow says.
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  • What a fantastic overview of Woodstock you have created !!

    Interesting to read through the facts whilst at the same enjoying the nostalgia.

    Thanks for sharing this - I think it's superb! Greetings from London, Graham
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    • Woodstock 3 Days of Peace and Music
      • Woodstock was assembled through the joint work of Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfeld.
      • Woodstock was a profit-making venture, aptly titled "Woodstock Ventures".
      • Around 186,000 tickets were sold beforehand and organizers anticipated approximately 200,000 festival-goers would turn up.
      Selling Tickets
      • The fence was purposely cut in order to create a totally FREE EVENT , prompting many more to show up. Est. 500,000
      Forget the Tickets!
      • The four founders behind Woodstock Ventures made Warner Brothers an offer to make a movie about Woodstock.
      • It received the Academy Award for Documentary Feature, as well as a nomination for Best Sound.
      Woodstock the Movie
      • Live album of the festival was released in 1970.
      • Set of 3 LPs was highly successful and popular.
      Woodstock the Album
      • The date was set for August 15-18, 1969.
      • It was supposed to be held in Woodstock, New York.
      • Local opposition forced it to be moved.
      Location Problem?
      • Owner of the farm where the festival took place.
      • 600 acre farm in Bethel, New York.
      • His son convinced him to allow the concert to take place on his farm.
      Max Yasgur
    • Max had a Dairy Farm
      • Many of the biggest artists of the 60s were at the Festival.
      • Thirty-two of the best-known musicians of the day appeared during the sometimes rainy weekend .
      • Lets meet some…
      The Performers
      • Baez was 6 months pregnant at the time.
      • Appearance at the music festival in upstate New York afforded her an international musical and political podium, particularly upon the successful release of the like-titled documentary film.
      Joan Baez
      • By most accounts, Woodstock was not a happy affair for Joplin.
      • Had to wait 10 hours after arriving at the festival.
      • However, did sing 10 songs including a memorable performance of “Piece of My Heart”
      Janis Joplin
      • Performance was plagued by technical problems, including a faulty electrical ground and members Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir reported getting shocked every time they touched their guitars.
      • Played 4 songs
      The Grateful Dead
      • The Who performed much of Tommy at Woodstock.
      • That performance, and the ensuing film, catapulted The Who to superstar status in the USA.
      • Played 25 songs and started at 4 am Sunday morning.
      The Who
      • They performed in what Grace Slick called an early "morning maniac music" slot at the Woodstock festival.
      • Played 8 songs starting at 6 am.
        • Memorable performance of “White Rabbit”.
      Jefferson Airplane
      • First act on the last officially booked day (Sunday); he opened up the day's events at 2 PM.
      • After Joe Cocker's set, a storm disrupted the events for several hours.
      • Memorable rendition of “With a Little Help from my Friends”.
      Joe Cocker
      • Influential folk rock group.
      • CSNY's recording of the Joni Mitchell song memorializing Woodstock would later become a hit and the recording most associated with the festival.
      Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
    • Jimi Hendrix
      • Hendrix's popularity eventually saw him headline the Woodstock music festival.
      • Delivered a historic performance, which featured his highly-regarded rendition of the The Star-Spangled Banner, a solo improvisation which stands as a special symbol of the 1960's era.
      • The following slides present a variety of images from Woodstock…
      Pictures from Woodstock
      • It was the biggest bash for the counterculture and is a reminder of the youthful hedonism and excess of the 60s.
      • It was a culmination of what the counterculture meant - the bands appealed to the generation that was questioning the direction of American society.
      • At the time, it held the record for the largest music audience in the world.
      Significance of Woodstock
    • Counterculture To many, the festival exemplified the counterculture of the 1960s and the "hippie era."
    • Rolling Stone Magazine
      • Woodstock is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history.
      • It was listed on Rolling Stone's 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.
      • Although the festival was remarkably peaceful given the number of people and the conditions involved, there were two recorded fatalities:
        • one from what was believed to be a heroin overdose
        • another caused by an occupied sleeping bag accidentally being run over by a tractor in a nearby hayfield.
      Any Problems?
      • In tune with the idealistic hopes of the 1960s, Woodstock satisfied most attendees.
      • Especially memorable were the sense of social harmony, the quality of music, and the overwhelming mass of people, many sporting bohemian dress, behavior, and attitudes.
      Woodstock a Success
    • The End!