50 Years Ago: Woodstock

Today is the 50th anniversary of the start of the Woodstock festival. 400,000 people headed to New York to a dairy farm where 32 artists performed. The festival has been labeled a defining moment in the history of music and has spawned many imitators.

Many of the large acts of the era performed including The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin all made appearances and many of the sets performed at Woodstock have gained legendary status, most notably Hendrix’s, who played on Monday morning after a lot of the crowd had already left.

The 50th anniversary of Woodstock is being celebrated in many ways. There is a box set you can buy of the show if you really want to fork over some big bucks. The Back to the Garden set is said to include every single song and performance played at the show. Creedence Clearwater Revival has just released their performance at the show a couple weeks ago. John Fogerty admitted he wasn’t overly pleased with his band’s set at the concert. I did manage to grab that one. The planned Woodstock 50 event ended up crumbling over the last month after many performers had cancelled. If you ask me the lineup was pretty piss poor anyway.

An Academy award winning documentary has helped keep the memory of Woodstock alive as well as many films, songs and books.