45 Years Ago Today: Another Summer Of Love Was In Full Swing And ‘Woodstock’ Was Born

red_band_society_group_ly2Forty-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

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JOAN BAIZ FALLS 20 FEET OUT OF A TREEHOUSE

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan 47 years ago

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan 47 years ago

Sixties protest singer Joan Baez fell two stories from a treehouse she was sleeping in/on.

Actually the arboreal dwelling is more of a platform than an actual house.  Ms. Baez didn’t need walls since she wanted to be closer to nature.

That is, she reportedly liked waking up with and being among the other songbirds at her Woodside, California compound.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Baez (born 69 years ago) was climbing off when the fall occurred.  Her injuries were described as minor and she came and went from Stanford Hospital

No word on where Joan will be sleeping tonight.

JOAN BAEZ STILL THE SWEETEST SOUND

joan-baezTonight 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:

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AMERICAN MASTERS JOAN BAEZ: HOW SWEET THE SOUND airs tonight on PBS

JOAN BAEZ REMEMBERS WOODSTOCK

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:

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WAVY GRAVY HEADS UP WOODSTOCK SECURITY FORCE

wavy-gravyAs 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:

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