Ahoy me mateys Captain Cats here, and today we are going to talk about a generation definitive music festival that turns 50 later this year and its Woodstock.
Woodstock was from August 15 till the 18 of 1969 and took place in on a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York that brought 400,000 people.
Up to the start of the show there were so many problems from the sound system, lighting, the weather and a lot of musicians who turned it down and here is a list of some of the artist:
Simon & Garfunkel
While the list of artist who said no to the festival is huge, there was a list of who was there, and it was still a great show:
Ravi Shankar (the famous artist who played through the rain)
The Grateful Dead
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Janis Joplin with the Kozmic Blues Band
Sly and the Family Stone
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
The media coverage for Woodstock was from local and documentary points of view. The local newspaper who were there had a hard time reporting the event due to the number of people who were there and how far it was to reach the presses, which were 35 miles away. Filmmaker Michael Wadleigh filmed the whole event via documentary style, was distributed by Warner Bros, who were at the time was on the verge of going out of business in 1070. A year later the film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
What made this festival one of a kind was a bit of everything, and that is rare. No music festival is perfect, that is given, but here Woodstock had almost everything all line up to a point. With the news of a new Woodstock is going to take place this year at Watkins Glen New York to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first one, do yourself a huge favor and watch the original one first.