Throwback Thursday: Woodstock Music & Arts Festival

Woodstock_posterThis week for Throwback Thursday, WERS is playing a set of songs from Woodstock performers like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the legendary festival.

The Woodstock Music Festival was billed as “Three Days of Peace and Music” and took place on farm in the Catskills of New York. The festival was actually held  in the town of Bethel, which is 43 miles from the town of Woodstock, from August 15 through the 18th in 1969. The festival was put together with the help of four men: Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfeld. Each of them had a different approach to how the festival should be put together, but in the end they were able to put on the most iconic rock and roll festival in the history of music.

During the rainy weekend, a total of thirty-two acts performed outside on the 600-acre farm in front of a much larger than anticipated crowd of 400,000 fans. Santana, Mountain, The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, The Band, Sly & the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix all put on amazing sets during the three days. Janis Joplin performed in the early hour of Sunday morning starting her set around 2 AM. Joe Cocker did a cover of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends” that was so good that after the festival Paul McCartney and George Harrison allowed Cocker to cover their songs “She Came Through The Bathroom Window” and “Something” for his next album. Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix was the last to perform on Monday morning due to rain delays. Hendrix and his band played a two-hour long set which included his psychedelic rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Celebrate the 44th anniversary of Woodstock with us today at 5pm for Throwback Thursday on on 88.9 WERS!

By Blaise Fritsche

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