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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

On America’s birthday we as Americans celebrate our independence and the birth of a new nation. It is often said that there is nothing more American than baseball and mom’s apple pie. Jazz is often referred to as the “true American art form” as I always have held a passion for jazz this old rocker would like to pose the question; what about the blues?

Somewhere around 1911 through 1914 the blues was first made popular by composer, W.C. Handy. Handy first heard an old man sitting on a bench in front of a rail station in Tutwiler, MS repeating the refrain “where the Southern crosses the Yellow Dog”. However, the poetic and musical form of the blues materialized around 1910 with Handy’s “Instrumental Blues,” “Memphis Blues,” originally known as “Boss Crump’s Blues,” and “St. Louis Blues” helped to increase its popularity.  Here is a rendition of that song Handy heard.

By the 1920’s, the blues had become a national craze. The first vocal blues song recorded was “Crazy Blues,” by Mamie Smith in 1920. The influence that the blues had on jazz inspired singers like Essie Smith, and later Billie Holliday.

The Great Depression forced many businesses along Beale Street to close, never to be opened again. As more and more businesses closed, the blues migrated North to Chicago, where the blues became electrified.

In Chicago and Detroit during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s artists such as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, and Elmore James played what was typically Mississippi Delta blues backed by bass, drums, piano, and harmonica. These artists began scoring national hits with blues songs.

During this same time, T-Bone Walker and B.B. King were pioneering a new style of guitar playing, combining jazz techniques with blues. It was B.B. King back in Memphis who in invented the concept of lead guitar now used by rock bands today. At the same time Son House, Leadbelly, and Bukka White were creating sounds of traditional acoustic blues.

It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the urban blues man was discovered by young white American and European musicians. Many blues based bands such as The Rolling Stones, Cream, Canned Heat, The Yardbirds, and Fleetwood Mac brought the blues to young white audiences.

 Since the 1960’s rock has undergone several blues revivals. Guitarists Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix spin-off styles were strongly influenced by the blues.

Continuing a great blues tradition today, are Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, and Eric Clapton among others.

Psychedelic music can be found in all genres of music.  Rock n’ roll does not have the corner on this form of expression.  True its roots primarily come from rock n’ roll of the 1960’s when artists would combine electric sounds and Eastern influences stimulated by the use of mind-altering drugs (LSD being the catalyst for most psychedelic music of the Sixties).  Nevertheless, psychedelic music could be found in folk, pop, soul and even Western art music.



Also known as Acid Rock, psychedelic music can be defined as simply surrealism or dream like.  The Beatles are well known for their psychedelic music of the mid Sixties.  Songs such as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “I Am the Walrus” were supposedly drug induced.  Many artists and their music of the Sixties have been associated with hallucinogenic drug use.  Acts included Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Cream, Jefferson Airplane and The Doors.  The real question being, were these acid rock songs written while on acid (LSD) or is it simply music one listens to while on acid?  If I were to guess I would say a little of both.

One needs to keep this in the back of his mind–the music business is just that a business.  A big part of an artist’s success is perception, good or bad.  Whatever will sell records.



Other acts of the Sixties that have over the years been considered psychedelic music makers are Iron Butterfly, The Byrds, Big Brother and the Holding Company and Country Joe and the Fish.  Even the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson’s efforts to match The Beatles released the album “Pet Sounds”.  Later the single “Good Vibrations” would become a big Beach Boys hit.


Since its conception in the Sixties, psychedelic rock or acid rock still plays an influential roll to artists and performers today.


We can’t talk about rock n’ roll music of the sixties without mentioning the British Invasion.  Between 1964 through 1967 there was such an influx of rock n’ roll and pop performers coming to America from the United Kingdom that the news media referred this time as the British Invasion.



Probably the biggest raid of the invasion was The Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in February of 1964 and the emergence of Jimi Hendrixk, an American born performer, who’s first successes came in the UK.

The Beatles’ number one hit “I Want To Hold Your Hand” which debuted on Billboard’s Top 100 on January 18, 1964 and rose to number 1 on February 1, 1964, is often earmarked as the beginning of the British Invasion.



Other noted acts that followed were The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, The Who, The Yardbirds, Cream, Donovan, The Spencer Davis Group and The Dave Clark Five among others.  With this influx of musical talent and growing popularity the British Invasion had an impact on the movie and television industries in this country.

It should be noted that this period between 1964 and 1967 today is known as the “first” British Invasion.  The so-called second invasion was between the early- to mid-1980’s.  Although the second invasion was rich in talent, this writer feels that the invasion of the Sixties had a much larger impact and influence on music than the later.

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Artwork by Old Rocker Dude

As many as 100,000 young people from around the world flocked to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district during the summer of 1967, including nearby Berkeley and other neighboring San Francisco Bay Area cities, to join in the ultimate hippie experience. In Golden Gate Park one could obtain free food, drugs and love.   A free medical clinic was established and a free store gave away basic necessities to anyone who needed them.

The allure of joining a cultural utopia during the Summer of Love attracted a wide range of people of various ages including teenagers and college students, middle-class vacationers and even the

Artwork by Old Rocker Dude

Artwork by Old Rocker Dude

free-spirited military personnel from nearby military bases.

The Haight-Ashbury district, however, could not accommodate this rapid influx of people, and the neighborhood scene quickly deteriorated. Overcrowding, homelessness, hunger, drug problems, and crime afflicted the neighborhood. Many people simply left in the fall to resume their studies and previous life styles.

Along with the music and artists of the Monterey Pop Festival the songs from groups like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Animals, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, The Mamas and the Papas, The Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Grateful Dead have become synonymous of the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco and the summer of love, 1967.