Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Peace: day 3

Forty one years ago today, on August 17th 1969, organizers of the Woodstock music and art realized that there was no schedule. Estimates of what actual time bands played still range by hours.

We were ready to rock out and we waited and waited and finally it was our turn... ...there were a half million people asleep. These people were out. It was sort of like a painting of a Dante scene, just bodies from hell, all intertwined and asleep, covered with mud.” --John Fogerty

By the time James Hendrix closed the festival (actually starting after 8:30AM on Monday the 18th of August) most people had slithered back off to reality. In the mud-crusted fields of Yasgur’s farm over half a million people had celebrated for almost four days. Fewer deaths and assaults were noted than normally occur in any city that size over a summer weekend.

"if we join them, we can turn those adversities that are the problems of America today into a hope for a brighter and more peaceful future..." -- Max Yasgur

Sunday, 17 August 1969 (and into Monday, August 18th)
• The Grease Band
• Joe Cocker
• Country Joe and the Fish
• Ten Years After
• The Band
• Blood, Sweat & Tears
• Johnny Winter featuring his brother, Edgar Winter
• Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
• Paul Butterfield Blues Band
• Sha-Na-Na
• Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Henrix- Live at Woodstock 1969 from Michael Muracco on Vimeo.

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