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Posted By: Kwacka

Its the 40th anniversary of the 'Woodstock Music and Art Fair', better know as plain 'Woodstock'.
God, I'm getting old.
Amongst those appearing were: the Who, Santana, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Sly and the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Johhny Winter, Jefferson Airplane, Ten Years After, Canned Heat, Neil Young, Blood Sweat & Tears, The Band, Country Joe & The Fish, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sha-na-Na, Keef Hartley Band, The Grateful Dead, Incredible String Band, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Melanie, Ravi Shankar, Tim Hardin.
New CDs are still being released of the artistes performances.
400,000 attended - (the largest number for a popular music event until the 1970 Isle of Wight festival. The Guiness Book of Records says between 600, and 800,000 at the Isle of Wight). The County was declared a disater area, and (fortunately) the Governor was talked out of sending in the National Guard. The major problems reported were traffic jams -
The local newspaper HERE is running a blog of the events taking place now (a number of the original performers are appearing again), another as if the events of 40 years ago are taking place now, and reporting local's memories of the event (including a health inspector who approached someone who was wearing a hat, beads and loin-cloth and told him he was contravening numerous laws, only to be told to go away. He then packed in checking and listened to the music whilst his younger colleague 'romanced' young ladies in their official caravan).



Posted By: rockjock

TYA were fantastic. Wish I'd been there to see it. Was at the IOW tho', amazing. Rockjock.

Posted By: Kwacka

Could hear well enough - figures on stage were a bit blurred occasionally. Afraid it wasn't Alvin Lee - ""Duelling Banjos" Arranged and played by Eric Weissberg with Steve Mandel" from Internet Movie database. Another of my favourite guitarists performed Woodstock too - Johnny Winter (with brother Edgar) the weirdest person I've ever seen. A very tall, very skinny (probably due to the heroin), guy wearing skin-type black clothes. He (and his brother) are albinos, he had very long white hair and pink cross-eyes. Spoke to him very briefly at the 'Top Rank Suite' in Brum when he was on there once - very disconcerting.

Posted By: Kwacka

I was at the IOW too. Had to cut short what was probably not (yet another) promising career with Her Majesty's Inspector of Taxes - they wouldn't give me time off to go so I resigned. Saw TYA a few times, Alvin Lee wasn't too shabby plucking away was he?

Posted By: rockjock

Yeah, Alvin Lee was one of the great under estimated, and is to this day. IMHO better than Page, Clapton etc. There was something raw about his playing. I saw TYA and Wishbone Ash on the same bill in Newcastle some years ago and all for under a tenner. Now that's value. When I went to the IOW, I ran away (16yo) and drew my entire savings from my PO Savings Book. Worth all the hassle of facing the consequences when I came home. Happy days. I don't suppose today's kids would go without their games consoles. Rockjock

Posted By: Gashead

By the time I started going to festivals the sound and light was better and the stage was bigger than a postage stamp. Watching old Hyde Park and Woodstock footage I doubt 99% of people saw or heard anything. Someone once told me Alvin Lee played Duelling Banjoes on the Deliverance OST, not sure if that's true though. I've got the Woodstock Brown Acid warning announcement on my ipod. 'The brown acid circulating among us is errr... not so good... still it's your own trip but that comes with a health warning'.

Posted By: Gashead

  • Kwacka wrote:
    Could hear well enough - figures on stage were a bit blurred occasionally.
    Afraid it wasn't Alvin Lee - ""Duelling Banjos" Arranged and played by Eric Weissberg with Steve Mandel" from Internet Movie database.
    Another of my favourite guitarists performed Woodstock too - Johnny Winter (with brother Edgar) the weirdest person I've ever seen. A very tall, very skinny (probably due to the heroin), guy wearing skin-type black clothes. He (and his brother) are albinos, he had very long white hair and pink cross-eyes. Spoke to him very briefly at the 'Top Rank Suite' in Brum when he was on there once - very disconcerting.

Alvin Lee was never credited (maybe rightly so) but it's one of those old tales like Jimmy Page played the riff on Can't Explain... Rod Sewart played harp on My Boy Lollipop etc. etc.
Re JW, Frankenstein is an awsome tune.


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