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The Sixties and Woodstock Festival History

Ongoing Scholarship

The Museum’s exhibits tell a great story about America in the 1960s—suburbia, youth, AM radio, fashion, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War and opposition to it, the Women’s Movement, free-form FM radio, Haight-Ashbury, psychedelia, and the evolution of popular music—but the era was bigger than any museum exhibit. Historians are only now beginning to fully comprehend the impact of that transformative decade.

Read on for more about the Woodstock festival and The Sixties…

1960s Timeline

February 1, 1960  Sit-in at Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina
March 2, 1960  Elvis leaves the U.S. Army and returns to music
April 14, 1960  Bye Bye Birdie opens on the stage in New York
May 5, 1960  Gary Powers U-2 spy-plane incident
July 11, 1960  Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird published
September 5, 1960  Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) wins the light heavyweight boxing gold medal at the 1960 Olympics
November 8, 1960  John F. Kennedy elected president
December 31, 1960  The Kingston Trio's folk record Here We Go Again is the fifth-best-selling album of 1960
February 12, 1961  "Shop Around" by the Miracles becomes Motown's first million-selling single
March 1961  Peace Corps founded
April 17, 1961  Bay of Pigs invasion
May 25, 1961  President Kennedy announces America will reach the moon by the end of the decade
August 12, 1961  Berlin Wall built in the middle of the night
October 18, 1961  West Side Story soundtrack released
January 13, 1962  "The Twist" by Chubby Checker becomes the top-selling single in America
February 20, 1962  John Glenn is the first American to orbit the earth
February 22, 1962  Kennedy speaks at the Berlin Wall
June 1, 1962   Ray Charles releases Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music
July 10, 1962  Telstar, the world's first communications satellite, launches into orbit, inspiring the instrumental hit "Telstar"
September 1962  Rachel Carson's Silent Spring published
September 1962  James Meredith enrolls in the University of Mississippi
October 1962  The United States and the Soviet Union reach the brink of war over nuclear missiles in Cuba
April 6, 1963  First broadcast of Hootenanny, ABC's folk music variety show
May 11, 1963   Peter, Paul and Mary's "Puff the Magic Dragon" reaches #2 on the charts; they also release "Blowin' in the Wind" later in the year
August 28, 1963  200,000 march on Washington, D.C. in support of civil rights
September 15, 1963  The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama is bombed, killing four young African American girls
October 10, 1963  Limited Test Ban Treaty restricts above-ground nuclear testing
November 22, 1963  John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas, Texas
February 10, 1964  Dylan releases The Times They Are A-Changin'
February 9, 16, and 23, 1964  The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show three weeks in a row, launching the British Invasion
April 4, 1964  The top five singles in America are all songs by The Beatles; the group has seven others in the top 100
June 11, 1964  The Civil Right Act of 1964 passed by Congress
June 22, 1964  Three young civil rights workers are reported missing in Mississippi; their bodies are found six weeks later
July 25, 1964  Congress passes landmark anti-poverty bill as part of President Johnson's Great Society program
August 7, 1964  Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed in Congress
October 14, 1964  Martin Luther King, Jr. wins Nobel Peace Prize
April 12, 1965  The Byrds release "Mr. Tambourine Man"
June 1965  James Brown releases "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"
July 26, 1965  President Johnson announces a troop buildup in Vietnam and doubles draft quotas; number of U.S. troops in South Vietnam is 125,000
July 30, 1965  President Johnson signs bill establishing Medicare and Medicaid
August 6, 1965  President Johnson signs Voting Rights Act
August 11, 1965  Race riots break out in Watts
August 1965  Bob Dylan releases "Like a Rolling Stone"
November 1965  The Mamas and the Papas release "California Dreamin'"
March 5, 1966  "Ballad of the Green Berets" by Sgt. Barry Sadler becomes the best-selling single in America
April 1966  Beach Boys release Pet Sounds
June 1966  National Organization for Women (NOW) founded to lobby for women's rights
June 1966  President Johnson announces bombing campaign against North Vietnam; number of U.S. troops in South Vietnam reaches 285,000
August 8, 1966  The Beatles release Revolver
September 12, 1966  The Monkees TV show goes on the air
January 14, 1967  The Human Be-In takes place in Golden Gate Park
May 8, 1967  Muhammad Ali indicted for refusing to report to his draft board as a protest against the war in Vietnam
June 1, 1967  The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band
June 18, 1967  Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar at the Monterey International Pop Festival
Summer 1967  Summer of Love festivals held in San Francisco and spread throughout the country
August 30, 1967  Thurgood Marshall confirmed as first African American on the Supreme Court
November 9, 1967  First issue of Rolling Stone magazine released
December 21, 1967  The Graduate opens in movie theaters
January 30, 1968  Tet Offensive begins in Vietnam
April 4, 1968  Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
April 23, 1968  Student protesters take over buildings at Columbia University
April 29, 1968  HAIR opens on Broadway
June 5, 1968  Robert F. Kennedy assassinated in Los Angeles, California
July 1968  The Band releases Music from Big Pink
August 21, 1968  Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia ends the Prague Spring
August 26, 1968  Democratic National Convention in Chicago marred by clashes between protestors and police in what was described as a police riot
November 5, 1968  Richard M. Nixon elected president
May 23, 1969  The Who release the rock opera album Tommy
June 8, 1969   President Nixon announces the withdrawal of 25,000 troops from Vietnam
June 28, 1969  Stonewall Inn riots mark beginning of Gay Rights Movement
July 14, 1969  Easy Rider opens in U.S. movie theaters
July 21, 1969 Neil Armstrong walks on the moon (UTC, Coordinated Universal Time, commonly referred to as Greenwich Meridian Time; event happened on July 20 in U.S. time zones)
August 9–10, 1969  Charles Manson's "family" murders seven people in Los Angeles
August 15–18, 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair takes place in Bethel, New York
October 16, 1969  New York Mets win the World Series
November 10, 1969  First broadcast of Sesame Street
December 6, 1969  Four audience members are killed during the Altamont Music Festival

Woodstock Fun Facts

Between August 15 and August 18, 1969, the most celebrated music festival in history took place in upstate New York. At a time when Americans were deeply divided, over 400,000 young people from across the country gathered for “three days of peace and music” that instantly became a symbol of an entire generation. Here are some facts about the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.

  • The Woodstock festival wasn’t held in Woodstock. The organizers had wanted to hold the festival in the namesake village, but they could not find an available location that was large enough for the anticipated 100,000 people. They leased some land at an industrial park near Middletown, New York (in the town of Wallkill), secured the required permits, and began advertising the festival to be held at Wallkill. With only a month remaining before the August 15 festival start date, the permits were revoked, and Woodstock Ventures was forced to find another location. They were shown an alfalfa field with a natural “bowl” shape in the town of Bethel, and they quickly negotiated with the owner, Max Yasgur, to have their festival there. In one month, the promoters got the word out about the venue change, issued new posters and advertising, and constructed the festival site from scratch.
  • The Town of Bethel and the surrounding communities were not prepared for the crowds that arrived for the festival. By Thursday, August 14, with the stage still not completed and fences only partially up, the concert field had over 50,000 fans ready for the weekend’s excitement.
  • The festival officially began after 5pm on Friday, August 15, when Richie Havens took the stage, and did not end until mid-morning on the following Monday when Jimi Hendrix completed his set.
  • Jimi Hendrix played what many consider to be the festival highlight on Monday, August 18, when only about 35,000 people—a small fraction of the total Woodstock audience—remained on the field.
  • Some local residents were unhappy that the festival was happening in their town, but others welcomed the young festival-goers with open arms, supplying them with free food and water when the Food For Love concessions ran out.
  • The Hog Farm, a commune from Taos, New Mexico, was flown in by festival organizers to set up a campground. They soon found themselves assisting with security, staffing a “freak out” tent to help attendees with bad trips, and opening a free kitchen to feed the crowds.
  • First aid at the festival was provided by volunteer doctors, nurses, and EMTs who set up a field hospital near the stage. The medical teams tended to minor injuries, food poisoning, and an epidemic of cut feet (so many bare feet…).
  • There were two deaths at the festival. A teenager who was sleeping near Hurd Road was run over by a tractor, and another teenager died in a local hospital from injuries suffered in a drug-induced fall.
  • There have been no credible claims of anyone actually born at the festival, despite stage announcements that are heard in the Woodstock film and its soundtrack album. Evidence suggests that one baby was born enroute to the festival and a second baby was born at a local hospital after its mother was airlifted out of the festival. According to popular tradition, countless children were conceived at the festival.
  • At least three theatrical movies include significant references to the Woodstock festival. The 1970 Michael Wadleigh documentary, Woodstock, won the Best Documentary Academy Award that year (and there have been several re-releases such as Woodstock: The Director's Cut). A 1999 film starring Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen, A Walk on the Moon, features the festival as a key event. And Ang Lee's 2009 romp, Taking Woodstock, paints the festival history with a broad brush.
  • Some festival attendees look on their Woodstock experience as an adventure that changed their lives. Others found it nothing but a muddy, disorganized debacle. No matter what their opinion, Woodstock was undeniably unforgettable.

Woodstock Set List

For four decades, the exact sequence of Woodstock performers was a matter of considerable debate. One would think that it would be a simple matter to come up with such a list, considering how well documented Woodstock was and how many people actually witnessed it. The fact is, the evidence was sketchy, and there were gaps in the key players’ memories.

In 2009, three separate events converged to give us an accurate picture of “who played when.” First, Rhino Records issued a multi-disc set of Woodstock music after extensive research of all the film, audio, and written sources. Second, Woodstock organizer Michael Lang found evidence of the actual performer order in his personal papers. And third, a Woodstock attendee who had kept a journal, as the festival was happening, donated the journal to the Museum. All three sources—Rhino, Lang, and the journal—corroborate the others.

The set list of each performer is a little less precise. The following is the best of the current research, drawn from published and unpublished sources. This, then, is the definitive set list (to date) of the Woodstock festival.

Day One. Friday, August 15, 1969
(beginning about 5:15 p.m. Friday afternoon and ending about 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning)

Richie Havens (45-minute set)
Richie Havens, guitar, vocals
Paul “Deano” Williams, guitar
Daniel Ben Zabulon, percussion, congas

  1. Minstrel From Gault
  2. From The Prison/Get Together/From The Prison
  3. I’m A Stranger Here
  4. High Flyin’ Bird
  5. I Can’t Make It Anymore
  6. With A Little Help From My Friends
  7. Handsome Johnny
  8. Strawberry Fields Forever/Hey Jude
  9. Freedom (Motherless Child)

Sri Swami Satchidananda (unscheduled blessing)

Sweetwater (45-minute set)
Nancy “Nansi” Nevins, vocals
Albert Moore, flute, vocals
August Burns, cello
Alex Del Zoppo, keyboards, vocals
Fred Herrera, bass, vocals
Elpidio Cobain, congas, percussion
Alan Malarowitz, drums

  1. Motherless Child
  2. Look Out
  3. For Pete’s Sake
  4. Day Song
  5. What’s Wrong
  6. Crystal Spider
  7. Two Worlds
  8. Why Oh Why/Let The Sun Shine In/Oh Happy Day

Bert Sommer (40-minute set)
Bert Sommer, guitar, vocals
Ira Stone, guitar, organ, harmonica
Charlei Bilello, bass

  1. Jennifer
  2. The Road To Travel
  3. I Wondered Where You Be
  4. She’s Gone
  5. Things Are Going My Way
  6. And When It’s Over
  7. Jeanette
  8. America
  9. A Note That Read
  10. Smile

Tim Hardin (30-minute set)
Tim Hardin, vocals, guitar
Richard Buck, cello
Ralph Towner, guitar, piano
Gilles Malkine, guitar
Glen Moore, bass
Steve “Muruga” Booker, drums

  1. (How Can We) Hang On To A Dream
  2. Susan
  3. If I Were A Carpenter
  4. Reason To Believe
  5. You Upset The Grace Of Living When You Lie
  6. Speak Like A Child
  7. Snow White Lady
  8. Blue On My Ceiling
  9. Simple Song Of Freedom
  10. Misty Roses

Ravi Shankar (40-minute set)
Ravi Shankar, sitar
Maya Kulkarni, tamboura
Ustad Alla Rakha, tabla

  1. Raga Puriya-Dhanashri/Gat In Sawarital
  2. Tabla Solo In Jhaptal
  3. Raga Manj Kmahaj

Melanie (unscheduled 20-minute set)
Melanie Safka, vocals, guitar

  1. Close To It All
  2. Momma Momma
  3. Beautiful People
  4. Animal Crackers
  5. Mr. Tambourine Man
  6. Tuning My Guitar
  7. Birthday Of The Sun

Arlo Guthrie (40-minute set)
Arlo Guthrie, vocals, guitar
John Pilla, guitar
Bob Arkin, bass
Paul Motian, drums

  1. Coming Into Los Angeles
  2. Wheel Of Fortune
  3. Walking Down The Line
  4. Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep
  5. Every Hand In The Land
  6. Amazing Grace

Joan Baez (60-minute set)
Joan Baez, vocals, guitar
Richard Festinger, guitar
Jeffrey Shurtleff, vocals, guitar

  1. Oh Happy Day
  2. The Last Thing On My Mind
  3. I Shall Be Released
  4. No Expectations
  5. Joe Hill
  6. Sweet Sir Galahad
  7. Hickory Wind
  8. Drug Store Truck Driving Man
  9. I Live One Day At A Time
  10. Take Me Back To The Sweet Sunny South
  11. Let Me Wrap You In My Warm And Tender Love
  12. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  13. We Shall Overcome

Day Two. Saturday, August 16, 1969
(beginning about 12:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon and ending about 9:45 a.m. Sunday morning)

Quill (30-minute set)
Dan Cole, vocals
Jon Cole, bass, vocals
Norman Rogers, guitar
Phil Thayer, keyboards, saxophone, flute
Roger North, drums

  1. They Live The Life
  2. That’s How I Eat
  3. Driftin’
  4. Waitin’ For You

Country Joe McDonald (solo, unscheduled, 30-minute set)
Country Joe McDonald, guitar, vocals

  1. Janis
  2. Donovan’s Reef
  3. Heartaches By The Number
  4. Ring Of Fire
  5. Tennessee Stud
  6. Rockin’ ’Round The World
  7. Flying All The Way
  8. Seen A Rocket
  9. Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag

John Sebastian (unscheduled 25-minute set)
John Sebastian, vocals, guitar

  1. How Have You Been
  2. Rainbows All Over Your Blues
  3. I Had A Dream
  4. Darlin’ Be Home Soon
  5. Younger Generation

Keef Hartley Band (45-minute set)
Keef Hartley, drums
Miller Anderson, guitar, vocals
Jimmy Jewell, saxophone
Henry Lowther, trumpet, violin
Gary Thain, bass

  1. Spanish Fly
  2. She’s Gone
  3.  Too Much Thinkin’
  4. Believe In You
  5. Sinnin’ For You (Intro)/Leaving Trunk/Just To Cry/Sinnin’ For You

Santana (45-minute set)
Carlos Santana, guitar
Gregg Rolie, vocals, keyboard
David Brown, bass
Jose “Chepita” Areas, timbales, congas, percussion
Mike Carabello, timbales, congas, percussion
Mike Shrieve, drums

  1. Waiting
  2. Evil Ways
  3. You Just Don’t Care
  4. Savor
  5. Jingo
  6. Persuasion
  7. Soul Sacrifice
  8. Fried Neckbones And Some Home Fries

The Incredible String Band (30-minute set)
Mike Heron, multi-instruments
Robin Williamson, vocals, multi-instruments,
Christina “Licorice” McKechnie, organ, vocals
Rose Simpson, bass, vocals, multi-instruments

  1. Invocation (spoken word)
  2. The Letter
  3. Gather ’Round
  4. This Moment
  5. Come With Me
  6. When You Find Out Who You Are

Canned Heat (60-minute set)
Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Bob “The Bear” Hite, vocals, harmonica
Harvey “The Snake” Mandel, guitar
Larry “The Mole” Taylor, bass
Adolpho “Fito” de la Parra, drums

  1. I’m Her Man
  2. Going Up The Country
  3. A Change Is Gonna Come/Leaving This Town
  4. Too Many Drivers At The Wheel
  5. I Know My Baby
  6. Woodstock Boogie
  7. On The Road Again

Mountain (60-minute set)
Leslie West, guitar, vocals
Felix Pappalardi, bass
Steve Knight, keyboards
Norman “N.D.” Smart, drums

  1. Blood Of The Sun
  2. Stormy Monday
  3. Theme For An Imaginary Western
  4. Long Red
  5. For Yasgur’s Farm
  6. Beside The Sea
  7. Waiting To Take You Away
  8. Dreams Of Milk And Honey
  9. Southbound Train

Grateful Dead (95-minute set)
Jerry Garcia, guitar, vocals
Bob Weir, guitar
Ron “Pig Pen” McKernan, keyboards, vocals
Tom Constanten, keyboards, vocals
Phil Lesh, bass
Bill Kreutzmann, drums
Mickey Hart, drums

  1. St. Stephen
  2. Mama Tried
  3. Dark Star
  4. High Time
  5. Turn On Your Lovelight

Creedence Clearwater Revival (50-minute set)
John Fogerty, vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
Tom Fogerty, guitar, vocals
Stu Cooke, bass
Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, drums

  1. Born On The Bayou
  2. Green River
  3. Ninety-Nine-And-A-Half (Won’t Do)
  4. Bootleg
  5. Commotion
  6. Bad Moon Rising
  7. Proud Mary
  8. I Put A Spell On You
  9. Night Time Is The Right Time
  10. Keep On Chooglin’
  11. Susie Q

Janis Joplin (Kozmic Blues Band) (60-minute set)
Janis Joplin, vocals
Terry Clements, tenor saxophone
Cornelius “Snooky” Flowers, baritone saxophone
Luis Gasca, trumpet
John Till, guitar
Richard Kermode, keyboards
Brad Campbell, bass
Maury Baker, drums

  1. Raise Your Hand
  2. As Good As You’ve Been To This World
  3. To Love Somebody
  4. Summertime
  5. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)
  6. Kozmic Blues
  7. I Can’t Turn You Loose
  8. Work Me Lord
  9. Piece Of My Heart
  10. Ball And Chain

Sly & The Family Stone (50-minute set)
Sylvester “Sly” Stone, vocals, keyboard, harmonica
Freddie Stone, guitar, vocals
Jerry Martini, saxophone
Cynthia Robinson, trumpet
Rosie Stone, keyboard, vocals
Larry Graham, bass
Gregg Errico, drums

  1. M’Lady
  2. Sing A Simple Song
  3. You Can Make It If You Try
  4. Everyday People
  5. Dance To The Music
  6. Music Lover
  7. I Want To Take You Higher
  8. Love City
  9. Stand!

The Who (65-minute set)
Roger Daltrey, vocals
Pete Townshend, guitar
John Entwistle, bass
Keith Moon, drums

  1. Heaven And Hell
  2. I Can’t Explain
  3. It’s A Boy
  4. 1921
  5. Amazing Journey
  6. Sparks
  7. Eyesight To The Blind
  8. Christmas
  9. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
  10. Acid Queen
  11. Pinball Wizard
  12. Do You Think It’s Alright?
  13. Fiddle About
  14. There’s A Doctor
  15. Go To The Mirror
  16. Smash The Mirror
  17. I’m Free
  18. Tommy’s Holiday Camp
  19. We’re Not Gonna Take It
  20. See Me, Feel Me
  21. Listening To You
  22. Summertime Blues
  23. Shakin’ All Over
  24. My Generation
  25. Naked Eye

Jefferson Airplane (100-minute set)
Marty Balin, vocals
Grace Slick, vocals
Paul Kantner, guitar, vocals
Jorma Kaukonen, guitar, vocals
Jack Casady, bass
Spencer Dryden, drums
Nicky Hopkins, piano

  1. The Other Side Of This Life
  2. Somebody To Love
  3. 3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds
  4. Won’t You Try/Saturday Afternoon
  5. Eskimo Blue Day
  6. Wooden Ships
  7. Uncle Sam Blues
  8. Volunteers
  9. The Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil
  10. Come Back Baby
  11. White Rabbit
  12. The House At Pooneil Corner


Day Three. Sunday, August 17, 1969
(beginning about 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon and ending about 10:30 a.m. Monday morning)

Max Yasgur addresses the crowd

Joe Cocker (The Grease Band) (60-minute set)
Joe Cocker, vocals
Chris Stainton, keyboards
Henry McCullough, guitar
Alan Spencer, bass
Bruce Rowlands, drums

  1. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring (without Cocker)
  2. 40,000 Headmen (without Cocker)
  3. Dear Landlord
  4. Something’s Coming On
  5. Do I Still Figure In Your Life
  6. Feelin’ Alright
  7. Just Like A Woman
  8. Let’s Go Get Stoned
  9. I Don’t Need No Doctor
  10. I Shall Be Released
  11. Hitchcock Railway
  12. Something To Say
  13. With A Little Help From My Friends

Country Joe & The Fish (80-minute set)
Country Joe McDonald, guitar, vocals
Barry “The Fish” Melton, guitar
Mark Kapner, keyboards
Doug Metzner, bass
Greg “Duke” Dewey, drums

  1. Rock & Soul Music
  2. (Thing Called) Love
  3. Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine
  4. Sing, Sing, Sing
  5. Summer Dresses
  6. Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife
  7. Silver And Gold
  8. Maria
  9. The Love Machine
  10. Ever Since You Told Me That You Love Me (I’m A Nut)
  11. Short Jam (instrumental)
  12. Crystal Blues
  13. Rock & Soul Music (reprise)
  14. Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag

Ten Years After (60-minute set)
Alvin Lee, guitar, vocals
Chick Churchill, keyboards
Leo Lyons, bass
Ric Lee, drums

  1. Spoonful
  2. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  3. Hobbit
  4. I Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes
  5. Help Me
  6. I’m Going Home

The Band (50-minute set)
Robbie Robertson, guitar, vocal
Garth Hudson, organ, keyboards, saxophone
Richard Manuel, piano, drums, vocals
Rick Danko, bass, vocals
Levon Helm, drums, mandolin, vocals

  1. Chest Fever
  2. Don’t Do It
  3. Tears Of Rage
  4. We Can Talk
  5. Long Black Veil
  6. Don’t You Tell Henry
  7. Ain’t No More Cane On The Brazos
  8. This Wheel’s On Fire
  9. I Shall Be Released
  10. The Weight
  11. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

Johnny Winter (65-minute set)
Johnny Winter, vocals, guitar
Edgar Winter, keyboards
Tommy Shannon, bass
“Uncle” John Turner, drums

  1. Mama, Talk To Your Daughter
  2. Leland Mississippi Blues
  3. Mean Town Blues
  4. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now/Mean Mistreater
  5. I Can’t Stand It
  6. Tobacco Road
  7. Tell The Truth
  8. Johnny B. Goode

Blood Sweat & Tears (60-minute set)
David Clayton-Thomas, vocals, guitar
Steve Katz, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Dick Halligan, keyboards, trombone, flute
Jerry Hyman, trombone
Fred Lipsius, alto saxophone, piano
Lew Soloff, trumpet, flugelhorn
Chuck Winfield, trumpet, flugelhorn
Jim Fielder, bass
Bobby Colomby, drum

  1. More And More
  2. Just One Smile
  3. Something’s Coming On
  4. More Than You’ll Ever Know
  5. Spinning Wheel
  6. Sometimes In Winter
  7. Smiling Phases
  8. God Bless The Child
  9. I Stand Accused
  10. And When I Die
  11. You’ve Made Me So Very Happy

Crosby Stills Nash & Young (60-minute set)
David Crosby, guitar, vocals
Stephen Stills, guitar, vocals
Graham Nash, guitar, vocals
Neil Young, guitar, vocals
Greg Reeves, bass
Dallas Taylor, drums

  1. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
  2. Blackbird
  3. Helplessly Hoping
  4. Guinevere
  5. Marrakesh Express
  6. 4 + 20
  7. Mr. Soul
  8. I’m Wonderin’
  9. Pre-Road Downs
  10. Long Time Gone
  11. Bluebird
  12. Sea Of Madness
  13. Wooden Ships
  14. Find The Cost Of Freedom
  15. 49 Bye-Byes

Paul Butterfield Blues Band (45-minute set)
Paul Butterfield, harmonica, vocals
Buzzy Feiten, guitar
Steve Madalo, trumpet
Keith Johnson, trumpet
Gene Dinwiddie, tenor saxophone
David Sanborn, alto saxophone
Trevor Lawrence, baritone saxophone
Teddy Harris, piano
Rod Hicks, bass
Phillip Wilson, drums

  1. Born Under A Bad Sign
  2. No Amount Of Loving
  3. Driftin’ and Driftin’
  4. Morning Sunrise
  5. All In A Day
  6. Love March
  7. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

Sha Na Na (30-minute set)
Donald “Donny” York, keyboards, vocals
Rob Leonard, vocals
Alan Cooper, vocals
Frederick “Dennis” Green, vocals
Dave Garrett, vocals
Richard “Richie” Joffe, vocals
Scott Powell, vocals
Joe Witkin, vocals
Henry Gross, guitar
Elliot Cahn, guitar
Bruce “Bruno” Clark, bass
Jocko Marcellino, drums

  1. Get A Job
  2. Come Go With Me
  3. Silhouettes
  4. Teen Angel
  5. Her Latest Flame
  6. Wipe Out
  7. (Who Wrote) The Book Of Love
  8. Little Darling
  9. At The Hop
  10. Duke Of Earl
  11. Get A Job (reprise)

Jimi Hendrix (Gypsy Sun & Rainbows) (130-minute set)
Jimi Hendrix, guitar vocals
Larry Lee, guitar, vocals
Billy Cox, bass
Juma Sultan percussion
Gerarde “Jerry” Valez, congas
Mitch Mitchell, drums

  1. Message To Love
  2. Hear My Train A-Comin’/Getting My Heart Back Together Again
  3. Spanish Castle Magic
  4. Red House
  5. Mastermind (Larry Lee lead)
  6. Foxy Lady
  7. Jam Back At The House (Beginnings)
  8. Izabella
  9. Gypsy Woman/Aware Of Love (Larry Lee lead)
  10. Fire
  11. Lover Man
  12. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)/Stepping Stone
  13. Star Spangled Banner
  14. Purple Haze
  15. Woodstock Improvisation
  16. Villanova Junction
  17. Hey Joe


Woodstock Festival No-Shows

While they appeared on the festival posters and in advertising for Woodstock, two groups who were expected to perform did not. The Jeff Beck Group broke up only days before the festival, and Iron Butterfly was stranded at LaGuardia Airport and could not get to the festival.

Woodstock Reading List

The story of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair is a mixture of youthful idealism, tribulations of Biblical proportions, great music, music industry wheeling and dealing, and the triumph of the human spirit in a time of massive societal strife and division. A number of books have been written about the festival, by the festival organizers and by historians trying to give the event some meaning and perspective.

Not all the facts jibe from book to book, and some authors had obvious agendas, but the truth of the Woodstock festival lies somewhere between and among the following books. Enjoy the journey.

  • Blelock, Weston, and Julia Blelock. Roots of the 1969 Woodstock Festival: The Backstory to “Woodstock.” Woodstock, NY: WoodstockArts, 2009.
  • Evans, Mike, and Paul Kingsbury, eds. Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World. New York: Sterling, 2009.
  • Fornatale, Pete. Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock. New York, Touchstone Book, 2009.
  • Gittell, Myron, RN, and Jack Kelly, EMT. Woodstock ’69: Three Days of Peace, Music & Medical Care. Kiamesha Lake, NY: Load N Go Press, 2009.
  • Havers, Richard, and Richard Evans. Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music. Chartwell Books, 2009.
  • Hillstrom, Kevin, and Laurie Collier Hillstrom. Woodstock: Defining Moments. Omnigraphics, Inc., 2012.
  • Hoffman, Abbie. Woodstock Nation: A Talk-Rock Album. New York: Vintage Books/Random House, 1969.
  • Hopkins, Jerry, photos by Jim Marshall and Baron Wolman. Festival! The Book of American Music Celebrations. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1970.
  • Kornfeld, Artie. The Pied Piper of Woodstock. Delray Beach, FL: Spirit of the Woodstock Nation, 2009.
  • Landy, Elliott. Woodstock Vision: The Spirit of a Generation. Woodstock, NY: Landyvision, 1996.
  • Lang, Michael. The Road to Woodstock. Ecco, 2010.
  • Littleproud, Brad. Woodstock: Peace, Music & Memories. Krause Publications, 2009.
  • Makower, Joel. Woodstock: The Oral History. New York: Excelsior Editions, 2009.
  • Perone, James E. Woodstock: An Encyclopedia of the Music and Art Fair. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005.
  • Reynolds, Susan, ed. Woodstock Revisited: 50 Far Out, Groovy, Peace-Loving, Flashback-Inducing Stories from Those Who Were There. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2009.
  • Rosenman, Joel, John Roberts, and Robert Pilpel. Young Men With Unlimited Capital. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1974.
  • Sackett, Linanne G., photographs by Barry Z Levine. The Woodstock Story Book. Channel Photographics/Brunswick Institute, 2009.
  • Santelli, Robert. Aquarius Rising: The Rock Festival Years. New York: Dell Publishing, Inc., 1980.
  • Sia, Joseph J. Woodstock 69: Summer Pop Festivals, A Photo Review. New York: Scholastic Book Services, 1970.
  • Spitz, Robert Stephen. Barefoot in Babylon: The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival, 1969. New York: The Viking Press, 1979.
  • Tiber, Elliot, and Tom Monte. Taking Woodstock. Square One Publishers, 2009.
  • Yasgur, Sam. Max B. Yasgur: The Woodstock Festival’s Famous Farmer. Monticello, NY: Self-published, 2009.
  • Young, Jean, and Michael Lang. Woodstock Festival Remembered. New York: Ballantine Books, 1979.

Woodstock: In Memoriam

With each passing year, we lose more of the people who made the Woodstock Music and Art Fair the memorable event that it was. We remember, here, those who have gone to “that great gig in the sky.”

Raymond Mizsak, 1952–1969
festival attendee, died at festival, run over by tractor, age 17
Richard Bieler, 1951–1969
festival attendee, died at festival, complications from fall (drug-related), age 18
Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, 1943–1970
guitar/harmonica/vocals, Canned Heat, died of drug overdose, age 27
Jimi Hendrix, 1942–1970
guitar/vocals, featured performer, died of asphyxiation (drug-related), age 27
Janis Joplin, 1943–1970
vocals, Janis Joplin/Kozmic Blues Band, died of heroin overdose, age 27
Max Yasgur, 1919–1973
farmer, Bethel, New York, died of heart attack, age 53
Ron “Pig Pen” McKernan, 1945–1973
keyboards/vocals, Grateful Dead, died of gastrointestinal hemorrhage, age 27
John Pilla, d. 1974
guitar for Arlo Guthrie, died of heart attack
Gary Thain, 1948–1975
bass, Keef Hartley Band, died of heroin overdose, age 27
Keith Moon, 1946–1978
drums, The Who, died of drug overdose, age 32
Tim Hardin, 1941–1980
guitar/vocals, featured performer, died of heroin/morphine overdose, age 39
Alan Malarowitz, d. 1981
drums, Sweetwater, died of auto accident, age 31
Bob “The Bear” Hite, 1943–1981
vocals/harmonica, Canned Heat, died of heart attack, age 38
August Burns, d. 1982
cello, Sweetwater, died of pneumonia
Felix Pappalardi, 1939–1983
bass, Mountain, murdered by wife, age 38
Richard Manuel, 1943–1986
piano/drums/vocals, The Band, died of suicide, age 42
Paul Butterfield, 1942–1987
harmonica/vocals, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, died of heart attack, age 44
Bert Sommer, 1949–1990
guitar/vocals, featured performer, died of respiratory illness, age 41
Tom Fogerty, 1941–1990
guitar/vocals, Creedence Clearwater Revival, died of complications related to AIDS, age 48
Alan Spencer, 1948–1991
bass, Joe Cocker/The Grease Band, died of unknown causes, age 43
Bill Graham, 1931–1991
music promoter/manager, died in helicopter crash, age 60
Phillip Wilson, 1941–1992
drums, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, murdered, age 51
Albert Moore, 1940–1994
flute/vocals, Sweetwater, died of lung cancer, age 54
Nicky Hopkins, 1944–1994
piano, Jefferson Airplane, died of surgical complications, age 50
Jerry Garcia, 1942–1995
guitar/vocals, Grateful Dead, died of heart attack, age 53
Richard Kermode, 1947–1996
keyboards, Janis Joplin/Kozmic Blues Band, died of cancer, age 49
Wes Pomeroy, 1920–1998
head of festival security, died of heart failure, age 78
Rick Danko, 1942–1999
bass/vocals, The Band, died of heart failure (drug-related), age 56
Ustad Alla Rakha, 1919–2000
tabla, Ravi Shankar, died of heart attack, age 80
David Brown, 1947–2000
bass, Santana, died of kidney failure, age 53
John Roberts, 1945–2001
partner, Woodstock Ventures, died of cancer, age 56
Gene Dinwiddie, 1936–2002
tenor saxophone, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, died of unknown causes, age 57
John Entwistle, 1944–2002
bass, The Who, died of heart attack, age 57
Sri Swami Satchidananda, 1914–2002
spiritual leader, died of thoracic aneurysm, age 87
Spencer Dryden, 1938–2005
drums, Jefferson Airplane, died of cancer, age 66
“Uncle” John Turner, 1944–2007
drums for Johnny Winter, died of hepatitis complications, age 62
Larry Lee, guitar, 1943–2007
vocals, Jimi Hendrix/Gypsy Sun & Rainbows, died of cancer, age 64
Mitch Mitchell, 1947–2008
drums, Jimi Hendrix/Gypsy Sun & Rainbows, died of natural causes, age 61
Paul Motian, 1931–2011
drums for Arlo Guthrie, died of myelodysplastic syndrome complications, age 80
Keef Hartley, 1944–2011
drums, vocals, Keef Hartley Band, died of unknown causes, age 67
Levon Helm, 1940–2012
drums/mandolin/vocals, The Band, died of cancer, age 71
Ravi Shankar, 1920–2012
sitar, featured performer, died of heart disease, age 92
Rod Hicks, 1941–2013
bass, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, died of cancer, age 71
Steve Knight, 1935–2013
keyboards, Mountain, died of Parkinson’s disease complications, age 77
Alvin Lee, 1944–2013
guitar/vocals, Ten Years After, died of surgical complications, age 68
Richie Havens, 1941–2013
guitar/vocals, Richie Havens, died of heart attack, age 72