"a killing field for hypotheses" (madman101) wrote,
"a killing field for hypotheses"


A while back, I got to watch the editor's-cut reissue of the move, "Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music". I don't know how it is possible to have peace and rock music at the same time, but that was the idea. Do you know that some of those sets began at around noon, or later in the afternoon, and then went ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, well past dawn?! Seriously. Some of the best acts were on at like 3:am! What an experience, to be amongst the largest gathering on Earth, tripping on LSD, awake every night, surrounded by rain and mud. But really, gotta love it.

I hope to write more about Woodstock later - like how it was partly inspired by the NY neighbour, Bob Dylan, who ended up avoiding it. George Harrison, ("Behind That Locked Door"), did a lot to get Dylan back into the swing of performing, after Dylan's motorcycle accident of 1966 - just like Harrison helped keep the individual Beatles going, (before and after). Well, considering that Ravi Shankar was at Woodstock, what I am wondering is why Harrison never showed up at Woodstock, (even though the Beatles were still together). I suspect he was doing something behind the scenes, but I don't know what. I also don't know why the Byrds weren't there. The Moody Blues were scheduled but they had to cancel late. They did do the Isle of Wight Festival a few months later. I think this is one reason why the Moody Blues have been somewhat downplayed in the USA.

Anyway, the spirit of Woodstock was very much in the vein of Harrison, CSN, and Dylan. Only CSN showed up. CSN later had the (Canadian), Joni Mitchel, hit, "Woodstock," (with inspirational Canadian, Neil Young, playing along). The ff videos are from said movie, plus more. The performance by the Who, I think, was somewhat ground-breaking - a lead into the 1970's. In fact, I never really think of the Who, or their musical, "Tommy," as being from the 1960's. The Who are considered by some to be a big influence on subsequent Punk, along with the Kinks, the Faces, the NY Dolls, etc.

Crosby, Stills and Nash do a fine rendition of, "Suite Judy Blue Eyes." This song was topping the charts prior to the Woodstock festival, and is a fun lead-in to the Woodstock music on any mix, as I am sure it was for flower people travelling to the concert!

CSN doing their hit, "Woodstock," two years later, in 1971.

The full performance of CSN at Woodstock, 1969.

A "Tommy" selection by the Who, from the Woodstock movie.

The Who: "My Generation!" at Woodstock.

The Who's complete performance at Woodstock.

Joe Cocker does, "A Little Help From My Friends," at Woodstock. His spastic guitar playing always annoyed tf out of me - ("why don't you learn how to play a fricken guitar?!") But this is interesting, partly because the background singers sound like women but they are men.

Watch an older Joe Cocker do another Beatles song, from the movie, "Across the Universe."

Note that there were performances of amazing energy, which are worth seeing. They include Richie Havens, Canned Heat, Santana, and Jimmy Hendrix. Sadly left out was Ravi Shankar. But there is another movie of the concert out there, plus the 'subjectospective', "Taking Woodstock," which is one I like.
Tags: history - 1969, music - 1969, music - b - harrison george harrison, music - crosby stills nash /csny, music - dylan bob, music - moody blues, music - shankar ravi shankar, music - woodstock 1969, musicals - 'tommy'

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