Forty-five years ago this weekend, what was originally billed as ‘three days of peace and music’ became the largest rock concert in music history and changed the way people would forever look at the 60’s. Originally expecting a crowd of a few thousand, producers were overwhelmed when over 500,000 spectators descended on a farm in the vicinity of the Catskills town of Woodstock to see such performers as RICHIE HAVENS, ARLO GUTHERIE, JOAN BAEZ, SWEETWATER, SANTANA, JOHN SEBASTIAN, CANNED HEAT,GREATFUL DEAD, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL, JIMI HENDRIX, JOE COCKER and JANIS JOPLIN (to name just a few).
And, despite the huge crowd and the arrival of several substantial rainstorms, there was no looting, crime or violence making it a victory for ‘the Summer of love.’
A few years ago, we spoke with singer/songwriter JOAN BAEZ about her WOODSTOCK experience and she shared a memory of seeing the festival for the first time. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
WOODSTOCK, the Academy Award-winning 1970 documentary, is available on DVD and Blu-Ray
Tonight on PBS is the premiere of AMERICAN MASTERS JOAN BAEZ: HOW SWEET THE SOUND. It’s an overview of a music career that’s lasted for almost fifty years and features interviews and musical performances. BAEZ spoke at a press conference in July and talked about the art and science of putting together a great set list. Listen in below:
Legendary folk singer JOAN BAEZ will be the subject of AMERICAN MASTERS: HOW SWEET THE SOUND airing on PBS 10/14. We spoke with BAEZ recently via satellite and she reminisced about playing WOODSTOCK forty years ago. Listen in below:
As today is the 40th Anniversary of the final day of the legendary WOODSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL, we’re taking one last look with WAVY GRAVY, the Hog Farm comic who was hired as the unlikely head of security for the event. We spoke with WAVY GRAVY a few years ago and he talked about his WOODSTOCK experience. Listen in below: