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General Information on the Woodstock Festival in 1969

  • Woodstock was supposed to be held in Wallkill, not Woodstock as the slideshow says.
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  1. 1. Woodstock 3 Days of Peace and Music
  2. 2. <ul><li>Woodstock was assembled through the joint work of Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfeld. </li></ul><ul><li>Woodstock was a profit-making venture, aptly titled &quot;Woodstock Ventures&quot;. </li></ul>Beginnings..
  3. 3. <ul><li>Around 186,000 tickets were sold beforehand and organizers anticipated approximately 200,000 festival-goers would turn up. </li></ul>Selling Tickets
  4. 4. <ul><li>The fence was purposely cut in order to create a totally FREE EVENT , prompting many more to show up. Est. 500,000 </li></ul>Forget the Tickets!
  5. 5. <ul><li>The four founders behind Woodstock Ventures made Warner Brothers an offer to make a movie about Woodstock. </li></ul><ul><li>It received the Academy Award for Documentary Feature, as well as a nomination for Best Sound. </li></ul>Woodstock the Movie
  6. 6. <ul><li>Live album of the festival was released in 1970. </li></ul><ul><li>Set of 3 LPs was highly successful and popular. </li></ul>Woodstock the Album
  7. 7. <ul><li>The date was set for August 15-18, 1969. </li></ul><ul><li>It was supposed to be held in Woodstock, New York. </li></ul><ul><li>Local opposition forced it to be moved. </li></ul>Location Problem?
  8. 8. <ul><li>Owner of the farm where the festival took place. </li></ul><ul><li>600 acre farm in Bethel, New York. </li></ul><ul><li>His son convinced him to allow the concert to take place on his farm. </li></ul>Max Yasgur
  9. 9. Max had a Dairy Farm
  10. 10. <ul><li>Many of the biggest artists of the 60s were at the Festival. </li></ul><ul><li>Thirty-two of the best-known musicians of the day appeared during the sometimes rainy weekend . </li></ul><ul><li>Lets meet some… </li></ul>The Performers
  11. 11. <ul><li>Baez was 6 months pregnant at the time. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>Joan Baez
  12. 12. <ul><li>By most accounts, Woodstock was not a happy affair for Joplin. </li></ul><ul><li>Had to wait 10 hours after arriving at the festival. </li></ul><ul><li>However, did sing 10 songs including a memorable performance of “Piece of My Heart” </li></ul>Janis Joplin
  13. 13. <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Played 4 songs </li></ul>The Grateful Dead
  14. 14. <ul><li>The Who performed much of Tommy at Woodstock. </li></ul><ul><li>That performance, and the ensuing film, catapulted The Who to superstar status in the USA. </li></ul><ul><li>Played 25 songs and started at 4 am Sunday morning. </li></ul>The Who
  15. 15. <ul><li>They performed in what Grace Slick called an early &quot;morning maniac music&quot; slot at the Woodstock festival. </li></ul><ul><li>Played 8 songs starting at 6 am. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Memorable performance of “White Rabbit”. </li></ul></ul>Jefferson Airplane
  16. 16. <ul><li>First act on the last officially booked day (Sunday); he opened up the day's events at 2 PM. </li></ul><ul><li>After Joe Cocker's set, a storm disrupted the events for several hours. </li></ul><ul><li>Memorable rendition of “With a Little Help from my Friends”. </li></ul>Joe Cocker
  17. 17. <ul><li>Influential folk rock group. </li></ul><ul><li>CSNY's recording of the Joni Mitchell song memorializing Woodstock would later become a hit and the recording most associated with the festival. </li></ul>Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  18. 18. Jimi Hendrix <ul><li>Hendrix's popularity eventually saw him headline the Woodstock music festival. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>The following slides present a variety of images from Woodstock… </li></ul>Pictures from Woodstock
  20. 25. <ul><li>It was the biggest bash for the counterculture and is a reminder of the youthful hedonism and excess of the 60s. </li></ul><ul><li>It was a culmination of what the counterculture meant - the bands appealed to the generation that was questioning the direction of American society. </li></ul><ul><li>At the time, it held the record for the largest music audience in the world. </li></ul>Significance of Woodstock
  21. 26. Counterculture To many, the festival exemplified the counterculture of the 1960s and the &quot;hippie era.&quot;
  22. 27. Rolling Stone Magazine <ul><li>Woodstock is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history. </li></ul><ul><li>It was listed on Rolling Stone's 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll. </li></ul>
  23. 28. <ul><li>Although the festival was remarkably peaceful given the number of people and the conditions involved, there were two recorded fatalities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>one from what was believed to be a heroin overdose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>another caused by an occupied sleeping bag accidentally being run over by a tractor in a nearby hayfield. </li></ul></ul>Any Problems?
  24. 29. <ul><li>In tune with the idealistic hopes of the 1960s, Woodstock satisfied most attendees. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>Woodstock a Success
  25. 30. The End!