WOODSTOCKAt the beginning I wanted to work about something rock, but there were so many kind oftopic we could talk about…. But if I found and choose this subject it was only thanks tochance … , a good Jimi Hendrix cd’s too and especially his interpretation of the star spangledbanner.PICTURES
TEXTS.....We Were Half a Million StrongA lthough I had brought several rolls of film with me to Woodstock, I only took ahandful of photos.At the time, I felt as though it was too "establishment" or "commercial" to capture thismoment of time on film.I also decided not to purchase any t-shirts that were on sale for the same reason.Well only about 20% of the photos that I did take came out and what I wouldnt do tohave an original Woodstock tee now (one that I got while I was there).I could just kick myself.The head count (kind of a pun) for Woodstock ranges from 500,000 to 650,000depending on who was doing the counting and whether or not they counted thosewho were stuck in traffic and were turned away. One estimate was even a high (yes,another pun) as 1 million!
JIMI HENDRIXExperiencing Jimi Hendrix live at Woodstock in 1969 may have been the most surrealmoment anyone could possibly feel after 3 spacey days of living life. Ive heard some describeit as a strong sense of deja vu. Anyone who has ever experienced The Jimi HendrixExperience should right now take a moment to remember the grooves coming out these catsearthly instruments...for real.Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, WA and began his music career afterbeing discharged from the Army. His career began in Clarksville, TN which is apparentlywhere he learned to play the guitar with his teeth as that is the custom there.With not much success in the South, Hendrix moved to New York where he won an award forbest amateur at the Apollo (that’s pretty much the only time you will hear him called that),and became the guitarist for the Isley Brothers. From there he gravitated from band to bandand finally began his own and called it The Jimi Hendrix Experience.The band gained massive amounts of popularity in the UK and eventually the US with theassistance of highly regarded entries in the cool books of such guitarists as Eric Clapton and
Jeff Beck. He was signed to Track Records where he produced records that even the mostfaithful practitioners of music snobbery must revere.Of the 500,000 peak of the people at Woodstock, only about 180,000 fans actually sawHendrix’s performance due to weather and an array of technical difficulties. Thus only abouta third of the crowd witnessed one of the most memorable rock and roll performances of alltime as well as Hendrix’s version of the Star Spangled Banner, which is now a symbol of anentire era.The two hour set during Woodstock 1969 was the longest of Hendrix’s career and in that spanhe’d managed to outpace his entire backing band and continue on his own as a face meltingsolo act.The influence of Hendrix is quite possibly one of the most prevalent of all time and he is stillrevered as one of the best guitarists in history 39 years after his death in 1970.Those who follow rock music undoubtedly are familiar with the sonic train wreck that is oftenassociated with hard rock which is a direct effect of the style implemented by Hendrix. Hardrock and heavy metal would be mere myths without the technically sound yet chaoticbrilliance that Hendrix pioneered. The use of the wah-wah pedal combined with pitch changesin guitar solos which were popularized by Cream are a result of Hendrix’s brilliance and are astaple in the heavy metal world. The funk style guitar fused with the classic blues feel can beobserved in the music styles of such guitarists as Prince, and Eddie Hazel of Funkadelic .The myriad of elemints that Hendrix used in his guitar playing encompasses many genres andstretches to the regions of hip hop as well. Artists such as ?uestlove, Chuck D of PublicEnemy, and Ice-T of Body Count have all claimed Jimi Hendrix as an influence.Song : Woodstock by joni MitchellI came upon a child of godHe was walking along the roadAnd I asked him, where are you goingAnd this he told meI’m going on down to yasgurs farmI’m going to join in a rock n roll bandI’m going to camp out on the landI’m going to try an get my soul freeWe are stardustWe are goldenAnd we’ve got to get ourselvesBack to the gardenThen can I walk beside youI have come here to lose the smog
And I feel to be a cog in something turningWell maybe it is just the time of yearOr maybe its the time of man[From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/j/joni-mitchell-lyrics/woodstock-lyrics.html ]I don’t know who l amBut you know life is for learningWe are stardustWe are goldenAnd we’ve got to get ourselvesBack to the gardenBy the time we got to WoodstockWe were half a million strongAnd everywhere there was song and celebrationAnd I dreamed I saw the bombersRiding shotgun in the skyAnd they were turning into butterfliesAbove our nationWe are stardustBillion year old carbonWe are goldenCaught in the devils bargainAnd we’ve got to get ourselvesBack to the garden