Woodstock 1969: All the Performers, All the Songs

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This weekend marks the 45th anniversary of Woodstock, known originally as The Woodstock Music and Art Fair 1969.

Much has been written about Woodstock’s place in history. I would like to add a personal note about how Woodstock has influenced me.

I was 12 years old in 1969. No, I was not in attendance at the time. Heck, I didn’t even know it was going on until afterward. Popular music was a big part of my life in ’69, but my access to music was limited to AM Top 40 radio – namely, WHB out of Kansas City. If they didn’t play it on Top 40 radio, I didn’t know about it. This was long before radio stations split the programming formats up according to music genre; Top 40 included almost everything that wasn’t considered country. We didn’t have radio stations that targeted specific audiences like we do today. That is of course, unless you wanted to hear all country music all the time or all talk radio all the time, then AM Top 40 was what you were left with. FM radio, at least in rural areas such as mine, was reserved for local programming.

When we bought pre-recorded music in the late 60′s, we usually picked up the 45-rpm single. The record stores where I purchased them devoted almost all of their space to 45s. There were a few LPs, but they didn’t get the shelve space that 45s got. Sure we bought albums, but we only bought the ones we thought we’d like based on the album cuts that had been released as singles and received play on AM Top 40 radio. This meant most of the albums we owned were greatest hits collections of our favorite Top 40 artists. Now, we were aware that a separate culture existed for album rock, but we didn’t have access to it; if it wasn’t Top 40, we generally didn’t know about it. I did get my first taste of album rock during ’69 when I was able to pick up Beaker Street out of Little Rock – an AM radio program that we could often get late at night in northern Missouri – but this was only a small taste of what was going on outside the world of top 40. In the day, this was called underground music.

When Woodstock came along though, this was when things changed. That first album of highlights from the show, the second album, and the film, all introduced me to a new world of music – popular and talented performers whom I had not heard of and in many cases had not heard at all.  It was all phenomenal music that hadn’t been released on 45s, and therefore didn’t play on a top 40 radio station.

We were opened up to a whole new world of music, one that was politically motivated, and that we hadn’t heard before because it wouldn’t have passed the discriminating ear of the Top 40′s censors.

And we loved that music from Woodstock, “we” being the proverbial we, referring to myself and my group friends. Perhaps Woodstock helped to end the days of top 40 domination of radio. Perhaps it helped end the domination of 45 rpm singles in record stores. We had a whole new universe of music laid before that was waiting to be discovered.

In one way, it was a time much better than what we have now. Today, we find music on the airways according to genre-specific formats. One thing that you will notice from the Woodstock lineup, and something that I noticed from the original Woodstock albums and film is this: Woodstock was encompassed many different genre’s of music, and we loved all of them! We might have had our favorites, but we didn’t fuss over whether a particular song was hard rock, folk, blues, or any other format. We didn’t just like one particular genre. It was just music, and that is all that mattered – something that has been lost for many years now.

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair 1969: The Lineup

Day 1: August 15

1. Swami Satchidananda

2. Richie Havens:

The Minstrel from Gault
From the Prison
Get Together
From the Prison (Reprise)
I’m a Stranger Here
High Flying Bird
I Can’t Make It Anymore
With a Little Help from My Friends
Handsome Johnny
Strawberry Fields Forever / Hey Jude
Freedom (Motherless Child)

3. Country Joe McDonald:

Rockin’ All Around the World
Flyin’ High All Over the World
Seen a Rocket
Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixing-To-Die-Rag

4. John B. Sebastian:

How Have You Been
Rainbows All Over Your Blues
I Had a Dream
Darlin’ Be Home Soon
Younger Generation

5. Sweetwater:

Motherless Child
Look Out
For Pete’s Sake
Day Song
What’s Wrong
My Crystal Spider
Two Worlds
Why Oh Why

6. Incredible String Band:

The Letter
This Moment
When You Find Out Who You Are

7. Bert Sommer:

The Road to Travel
I Wondered Where You Be
She’s Gone
Things Are Going My Way
And When It’s Over
A Note That Read

8. Tim Hardin:

(How Can We) Hang on to a Dream
If I Were a Carpenter
Reason to Believe
You Upset the Grace of Living When You Lie
Speak Like a Child
Snow White Lady
Blues on My Ceiling
Simple Song of Freedom
Misty Roses

9. Ravi Shankar:

Raga Puriya-Dhanashri/Gat In Sawarital
Tabla Solo In Jhaptal
Raga Manj Kmahaj
lap Jor
Dhun In Kaharwa Tal

10. Melanie:

Close to It All
Momma Momma
Beautiful People
Animal Crackers
Mr. Tambourine Man
Tuning My Guitar
Birthday of the Sun

11. Arlo Guthrie:

Coming into Los Angeles
Wheel of Fortune
Walking Down the Line
Arlo Speech: Exodus
Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep
Every Hand in the Land
Amazing Grace

12. Joan Baez:

Oh Happy Day
The Last Thing on My Mind
I Shall Be Released
Joe Hill
Sweet Sir Galahad
Hickory Wind
Drug Store Truck Driving Man
I Live One Day at A Time
Sweet Sunny South
Warm and Tender Love
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
We Shall Overcome

Day 2: August 16

1. Quill:

They Live the Life
Waitin’ For You

2. Keef Hartley Band:

Spanish Fly
Believe In You
Rock Me Baby
Medley: Leavin’ Trunk, Halfbreed, Just to Cry, Sinnin’ for You

3. Santana:

Evil Ways
You Just Don’t Care
Soul Sacrifice
Fried Neckbones

4. Canned Heat:

I’m Her Man
Going Up the Country
A Change is Gonna Come
Leaving this Town
The Bear Talks
Let’s Work Together
Too Many Drivers at the Wheel
I Know My Baby
Woodstock Boogie
On the Road Again

5. Grateful Dead:

St. Stephen
Mama Tried
Dark Star
High Time
Turn On Your Lovelight

6. Mountain:

Blood of the Sun
Stormy Monday
Long Red
Who Am I but You and the Sun
Beside the Sea
For Yasgur’s Farm (then untitled)
You and Me
Theme from an Imaginary Western
Waiting to Take You Away
Dreams of Milk and Honey
Blind Man
Blue Suede Shoes
Southbound Train

7. Creedence Clearwater Revival:

Born On the Bayou
Green River
Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)
Bad Moon Rising
Proud Mary
I Put a Spell on You
Night Time is the Right Time
Keep on Choogin’
Suzy Q

8. Sly & The Family Stone:

Sing a Simple Song
You Can Make it if You Try
Everyday People
Dance to The Music
Music Lover
I Want to Take You Higher
Love City

9. Janis Joplin:

Raise Your Hand
As Good as You’ve Been to this World
To Love Somebody
Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
Kosmic Blues
Can’t Turn You Loose
Work Me Lord
Piece of My Heart
Ball and Chain

10. The Who:

Heaven and Hell
I Can’t Explain
It’s a Boy
Amazing Journey
Eyesight to The Blind
Acid Queen
Pinball Wizard
(Abbie Hoffmann Incident)
Do You Think It’s Alright?
Fiddle About
There’s a Doctor I’ve Found
Go to the Mirror Boy
Smash the Mirror
I’m Free
Tommy’s Holiday Camp
We’re Not Gonna Take It
See Me Feel Me
Summertime Blues
Shakin’ All Over
My Generation
Naked Eye

Day 3: August 17

1. Jefferson Airplane:

The Other Side of this Life
Plastic Fantastic Lover
Won’t You Try / Saturday Afternoon
Eskimo Blue Day
Uncle Sam’s Blues
Somebody to Love
White Rabbit
3/5 of a Mile In 10 Seconds

2. Joe Cocker:

Delta Lady
Some Things Goin’ On
Let’s Go Get Stoned
I Shall Be Released
With A Little Help from My Friends

3. Country Joe & The Fish:

Barry’s Caviar Dream
Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine
Rock and Soul Music
Thing Called Love
Love Machine
Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixing-To-Die-Rag

4. Ten Years After:

Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
I Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes
I May Be Wrong, but I Won’t Be Wrong Always
Hear Me Calling
I’m Going Home

5. The Band:

Chest Fever
Baby Don’t Do It
Tears of Rage
We Can Talk
Long Black Veil
Don’t You Tell Henry
Ain’t No More Cane
Wheels on Fire
Loving You Is Sweeter than Ever
The Weight

Day 3 after Midnight: August 18

6. Blood Sweat and Tears:

More and More
I Love You Baby More Than You Ever Know
Spinning Wheel
I Stand Accused
Something Coming On
God Bless the Child

7. Johnny Winter:

Mama, Talk to Your Daughter
To Tell the Truth
Johnny B Goode
Six Feet in The Ground
Leland Mississippi Blues/Rock Me Baby
Mean Mistreater
I Can’t Stand It (With Edgar Winter)
Tobacco Road (With Edgar Winter)
Mean Town Blues

8. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:

(Set One – Acoustic)
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Helplessly Hoping
Marrakesh Express
4 + 20
Mr Soul
You Don’t Have to Cry
(Set Two – Electric)
Pre-road Downs
Long Time Gone
Sea Of Madness
Wooden Ships
(Encore – Acoustic)
Find The Cost Of Freedom
49 bye-byes

9. Paul Butterfield Blues Band:

Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
Born Under a Bad Sign
All My Love Comin’ Through to You
Love March

10. Sha-Na-Na:

Na Na Theme
Yakety Yak
Teen Angel
Jailhouse Rock
Wipe Out
Who Wrote the Book Of Love
Duke of Earl
At the Hop
Na Na Theme

11. Jimi Hendrix (The Gypsy Sun & Rainbows Band):

Message to Love
Hear My Train a Comin’
Spanish Castle Magic
Red House
Master Mind
Here Comes Your Lover Man
Foxy Lady
Gypsy Woman
Voodoo Child (slight return)/Stepping Stone
Star Spangled Banner
Purple Haze
Woodstock Improvisation/Villanova Junction
Hey Joe

Cancelled Acts:

Jeff Beck Group
Iron Butterfly
Joni Mitchell
Ethan Brown

Declined Invitations:

The Beatles
Led Zeppelin
Bob Dylan
The Byrds
Tommy James & the Shondells
Jethro Tull
The Moody Blues
Mind Garage

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