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Woodstock Festival 1969
by Thanos Kalamidas
2009-08-15 09:54:53
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Woodstock was not just a music festival, it was and still is a generation's symbol. It was the American May, it was the Vietnam War, it was the cold war, it was the beginning and the end of the American dream!

Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Woodstock or The Woodstock Festival, was a music festival, billed as "An Aquarian Exposition", held at Max Yasgur's 600 acre  dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bethel, in Sullivan County, is 69 km southwest of the town of Woodstock, New York, in adjoining Ulster County.

Thirty-two acts performed during the sometimes rainy weekend in front of nearly half a million concertgoers. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history and was listed on Rolling Stone's 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.

The event was captured in a successful 1970 documentary movie, Woodstock; an accompanying soundtrack album; and Joni Mitchell's song "Woodstock", which commemorated the event and became a major hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

The programme:

Friday, August 15

    * Swami Satchidananda - gave the invocation for the festival
    * Richie Havens
    * Sweetwater
    * The Incredible String Band
    * Bert Sommer
    * Tim Hardin
    * Ravi Shankar
    * Melanie
    * Arlo Guthrie
    * Joan Baez

Saturday, August 16

    * Quill, forty minute set of four songs
    * Keef Hartley Band
    * Country Joe McDonald
    * John Sebastian
    * Santana
    * Canned Heat
    * Mountain
    * Grateful Dead
    * Creedence Clearwater Revival
    * Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band [19]
    * Sly & the Family Stone
    * The Who began at 4 AM, kicking off a 25-song set including Tommy
    * Jefferson Airplane

Sunday, August 17 to Monday, August 18

    * 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
    * Neil Young
    * Paul Butterfield Blues Band
    * Sha-Na-Na
    * Jimi Hendrix



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