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This yeaWoodstock Peace 1969 Posterr we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. Woodstock exemplified the counterculture of the late 1960’s and the hippie era. Although attempts have been made, Woodstock to this day has never been truly replicated.  Two years after The Monterey Pop Festival in the small upstate village of Bethel, New York some 300,000 – 400,000 folks gathered peacefully on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm for 3 days of peace, love and music.  Unlike the Altamont Concert that would be held four months later Woodstock was, considering the magnitude of the event, remarkably peaceful. There were, however, two alleged accidental deaths–one a heroin overdose and the other involving a tractor in a hayfield. Some reports claim there were two births during the event. Despite the large crowds, logistics and the weather, Woodstock will always be known as three days of “peace and love”.

The list of performers read like a who’s who of rock and roll, featuring artists like Santana, The Who, CCR, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Richie Havens, Country Joe and the Fish, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix and the list goes on.



Richie Havens
1. High Flyin’ Bird
2. I Can’t Make It Any More
3. With a Little Help from My Friends
4. Strawberry Fields Forever
5. Hey Jude
6. I Had A Woman
7. Handsome Johnny
8. Freedom/Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

Swami Satchidananda – gave the invocation for the festival

• Sweetwater
1. What’s Wrong
2. Motherless Child
3. Look Out
4. For Pete’s Sake
5. Day Song
6. Crystal Spider
7. Two Worlds
8. Why Oh Why

The Incredible String Band
1. Invocation
2. The Letter
3. This Moment
4. When You Find Out Who You Are

• Bert Sommer
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, an hour-long set
1. If I Were A Carpenter
2. Misty Roses

• Ravi Shankar, Performed a 5-song set in the rain
1. Raga Puriya-Dhanashri/Gat In Sawarital
2. Tabla Solo In Jhaptal
3. Raga Manj Kmahaj
4. Iap Jor
5. Dhun In Kaharwa Tal

• Melanie
1. Tuning My Guitar
2. Johnny Boy
3. Beautiful People
• Arlo Guthrie–order of set list unknown
1. Coming Into Los Angeles
2. Walking Down the Line
3. Story about Moses and the Brownies
4. Amazing Grace

• Joan Baez- she was six months pregnant at the time
1. Story about how the Federal Marshals came to take David Harris into custody.
2. Joe Hill
3. Sweet Sir Galahad
4. Drugstore Truck Driving Man
5. Sweet Sunny South
6. Warm and Tender Love
7. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
8. We Shall Overcome


• Quill
1. They Live the Life
2. BBY
3. Waitin’ For You
4. Jam
• Keef Hartley Band
1. Spanish Fly
2. Believe In You
3. Rock Me Baby
4. Medley
5. Leavin’ Trunk
6. Sinnin’ For You

• Country Joe McDonald
1. I Find Myself Missing You
2. Rockin All Around The World
3. Flyin’ High All Over the World
4. Seen A Rocket Flyin’
5. The “Fish” Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag

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

• Santana
1. Waiting
2. You Just Don’t Care
3. Savor
4. Jingo
5. Persuasion
6. Soul Sacrifice
7. Fried Neckbones

• Canned Heat
1. A Change Is Gonna Come/Leaving This Town
2. Going Up The Country
3. Let’s Work Together
4. Woodstock Boogie

• Mountain, hour-long set including Jack Bruce’s “Theme for an Imaginary Western.”
1. Blood of the Sun
2. Stormy Monday
3. Long Red
4. Beside The Sea
5. For Yasgur’s Farm
6. You and Me
7. Theme For An Imaginary Western
8. Waiting To Take You Away
9. Dreams of Milk and Honey
10. Blind Man
11. Blue Suede Shoes
12. Southbound Train

• Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band
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. Can’t Turn you Loose
8. Work Me Lord
9. Piece of My Heart
10. Ball & Chain

• Grateful Dead
1. St. Stephen
2. Mama Tried
3. Dark Star/High Time
4. Turn On Your Love Light

• Creedence Clearwater Revival
1. Born on the Bayou
2. Green River
3. Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)
4. Commotion
5. Bootleg
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. Suzy Q

• Sly & the Family Stone
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. I Want To Take You Higher
7. Love City
8. Stand!

• The Who began at 4 AM, kicking off a 25-song set including Tommy
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. Abbie Hoffman incident
13. Do You Think It’s Alright?
14. Fiddle About
15. There’s a Doctor
16. Go to the Mirror
17. Smash the Mirror
18. I’m Free
19. Tommy’s Holiday Camp
20. We’re Not Gonna Take It
21. See Me, Feel Me
22. Summertime Blues
23. Shakin’ All Over
24. My Generation
25. Naked Eye

• Jefferson Airplane
1. Volunteers
2. Somebody To Love
3. The Other Side of This Life
4. Plastic Fantastic Lover
5. Won’t You Try/Saturday Afternoon
6. Eskimo Blue Day
7. Uncle Sam’s Blues
8. White Rabbit


• Joe Cocker
1. Dear Landlord
2. Something Comin’ On
3. Do I Still Figure In Your Life
4. Feelin’ Alright
5. Just Like A Woman
6. Let’s Go Get Stoned
7. I Don’t Need A Doctor
8. I Shall Be Released
9. With a Little Help from My Friends

• After Joe Cocker’s set, a thunderstorm disrupted the events for several hours.

• Country Joe and the Fish resumed the concert around 6 p.m.
1. Rock and Soul Music
2. Love
3. Love Machine
4. The “Fish” Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag

• Ten Years After
1. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
2. I Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes
3. I May Be Wrong, But I Won’t Be Wrong Always
4. Hear Me Calling
5. I’m Going Home

• The Band – Set list confirmed in Levon Helm’s book “This Wheel’s On Fire”
1. Chest Fever
2. Tears of Rage
3. We Can Talk
4. Don’t You Tell Henry
5. Don’t Do It
6. Ain’t No More Cane
7. Long Black Veil
8. This Wheel’s On Fire
9. I Shall Be Released
10. The Weight
11. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

• Blood, Sweat & Tears ushered in the midnight hour with five songs.
1. More and More
2. I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
3. Spinning Wheel
4. I Stand Accused
5. Something Comin’ On

• Johnny Winter featuring his brother, Edgar Winter, on two songs.
1. Mama, Talk to Your Daughter
2. To Tell the Truth
3. Johnny B. Goode
4. Six Feet In the Ground
5. Leland Mississippi Blues/Rock Me Baby
6. Mean Mistreater
7. I Can’t Stand It (with Edgar Winter)
8. Tobacco Road (with Edgar Winter)
9. Mean Town Blues

• Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young began around 3 a.m. with separate acoustic and electric sets.
1. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
2. Blackbird
3. Helplessly Hoping
4. Guinnevere
5. Marrakesh Express
6. 4 + 20
7. Mr. Soul
8. Wonderin’
9. You Don’t Have To Cry
10. Pre-Road Downs
11. Long Time Gone
12. Bluebird
13. Sea of Madness
14. Wooden Ships
15. Find the Cost of Freedom
16. 49 Bye-Byes

• Paul Butterfield Blues Band
1. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
2. Driftin’
3. Born Under A Bad Sign
4. Morning Sunrise
5. Love March
• Sha-Na-Na
1. Na Na Theme
2. Yakety Yak
3. Teen Angel
4. Jailhouse Rock
5. Wipe Out
6. Book of Love
7. Duke of Earl
8. At the Hop
9. Na Na Theme

• Jimi Hendrix After being introduced as the ‘Jimi Hendrix Experience’ Hendrix corrected the new group’s name to “Gypsy Sun and Rainbows.”
1. Message to Love
2. Hear My Train A Comin’
3. Spanish Castle Magic
4. Red House (Hendrix’s high E-string broke while playing, but played the rest of the song with five strings.)
5. Mastermind (written and sung by Larry Lee)
6. Lover Man
7. Foxy Lady
8. Jam Back At The House
9. Izabella
10. Gypsy Woman/Aware Of Love (These two songs written by Curtis Mayfield were sung by Larry Lee as a medley)
11. Fire
12. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)/Stepping Stone
13. The Star-Spangled Banner
14. Purple Haze
15. Woodstock Improvisation/Villanova Junction
16. Hey Joe

The 1960’s was the birth of the large venue outdoor festivals and concerts.  Although there were many the three biggest in my mind was the Monterey Pop Festival, the free concert at Altamont Raceway and of course, Woodstock.  Each was unique in venue but similar in type artistry.  Each left its mark on how music and its generation was interpreted and preserved.


 The first major event was the Monterey Pop Festival, held on June 16 through the 18th, 1967, on the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.  The first of its kind, the Monterey Pop Festival attracted an estimated 200,000 people.  It more or less kicked off the so-called “summer of love” and became a model for future events including Woodstock in 1969.

This festival featured acts including the first major American appearance of Jimi Hendrix and The Who.  Others making their premier major appearances were Otis Reading and Janis Joplin.  Also featured was Ravi Shankar, the famed sitar player and composer from India.

Overshadowed by the bigger Woodstock Festival, it was the Monterey Pop Festival that set the stage, launched careers and shaped music history as being truly the first rock festival.



Artwork by Old Rocker Dude

Artwork by Old Rocker Dude

Two years after The Monterey Pop Festival in the small upstate village of Bethel, New York some 300,000 – 400,000 folks gathered peacefully on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm for 3 days of peace, love and music.  Woodstock exemplified the counterculture of the late 1960’s and the hippie era.  Although attempts have been made, Woodstock to this day has never been truly replicated.   More on Woodstock in future posts.  In order to give the event the homage it deserves.


Probably remembered more for the violence, riots and murder than the music was the free concert at Altamont Raceway.  The concert was held on December 6, 1969 at the Altamont Raceway in Northern California, between Livermore and Tracy, California.  This free concert was promoted by The Rolling Stones and featured artists including Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Fling Burrito Brothers, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Grateful Dead who cancelled at the last minute due to the violent outbreaks with the Rolling Stones closing the show.

Although there are opposing sides to the story the Hells Angels Motorcycle Gang was hired by the Rolling Stones to provide security at the event.  Stories have been told of the Angels working for beer and hired only to keep people away from the generators and equipment.

Love Peace & Music Poster

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The event began peacefully but as the day went on and more drugs and alcohol were consumed by the patrons and the Hells Angels, tensions grew.  The crowd became antagonistic and unpredictable, attacking each other, the Angels, and the performers.  A six months pregnantDenise Jewkes was hit in the head with a beer bottle thrown from the crowd suffering a fractured skull.  A 350-pound circus performer hallucinating on LSD stripped naked and ran berserk toward the stage, knocking guests in all directions, prompting a group of Angels to leap from the stage and club him unconscious.  Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin was punched unconscious by a Hells Angel.  By the time the Rolling Stones took the stage, a group of about 4,000 to 5,000 people gathered in front of the stage, many trying to climb onto it.


After several attempts by Mick Jagger to settle the crowd, the unthinkable happened.MeredithHunter moved to the front of the crowd and drew a long-barreled revolver from his jacket. As Hunter’s girlfriend attempted to pull the gun from his hands, a space formed around them from people scrambling to get away, and Hells Angel Alan Passaro, armed with a knife, ran at Hunter from the side, parrying the gun with his left hand and stabbing him five times in the upper back with his right, killing him.  The Rolling Stones unaware of the incident continued to play.  Their set finished without any further violence.

Footage shot at the concert was subsequently incorporated in a film documentary entitled, “Gimme Shelter.”  Altamont was referred to as Woodstock West based on its some 300,000 attendees; however, there was great contrast between the two festivals.  The Woodstock Festival was all about peace and love.  Altamont and the incidents have been considered by many as the possible end of a movement, shattering the whole peace and love principle.