Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Woodstock Posters

A good friend has just returned from New York and a visit to Woodstock, and he brought back this lovely gift of a facsimile of the original 1969 festival poster. I have put beneath it the more familiar, iconic one. Rose-tinted nostalgia yes; timeless music always.

Favourite performances? These will vary: Arlo Guthrie and John Sebastian's spaced out performances always please and amuse; Hendrix's National Anthem anthem will forever be one of the more memorable metaphoric playings ever, and Richie Havens opening is sublime for its actual as well as ad lib brilliance. I love everything that made the film and album, and the surprising music that didn't but which is all available now, but I think at the event as shown in the film I'd narrow it down to two, and surprisingly perhaps, they are English performances: Joe Cocker and Ten Years After.

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