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  •  He was a shit hot guitarist (2+ / 0-)
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    .....see 'Woodstock' for confirmation.

    Funny thing, it ended up being the loud electric groups (Who, Ten Year After, Santana, Hendrix) with smoking axe slingers that saved the festival....the folk acts couldn't hold the audiences attention (too small a sound for 500,000 people)

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    by jds1978 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 06:23:02 PM PST

    •  For me folkster Richie Havens (3+ / 0-)
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      was 'Woodstock'. Though I'll grant that's possibly 'the exception that proves the rule'.

      RIP Alvin Lee: 'Everywhere is freaks and hairies
                           Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
                           Tax the rich, feed the poor
                           Till there are no rich no more
      '

      I've always taken joy in pointing out to rightwingers that they are wrong, it isn't a cautionary tale but a set of instructions like The Twilight Zone's 'To Serve Man'

      "We thought about it for a long time, "Endeavor to persevere." And when we had thought about it long enough, we declared war on the Union."

      by voodoochild62 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 07:41:57 PM PST

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      •  There was a reason why he Havens kicked things (3+ / 0-)
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        off. People were still assembling (I was right up by the stage when he began his set) and there was a certain mellowness and sense of expectation about things. Afterwards things got a bit...frenetic. And as the crowd expanded it got to be a bit difficult to focus on the lower-key acts. I seem to recall that Incredible String Band were there but they were virtually inaudible.

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          And as the crowd expanded it got to be a bit difficult to focus on the lower-key acts. I seem to recall that Incredible String Band were there but they were virtually inaudible.
          ...you are the umpteenth source I've heard say that.  Not that the folk acts were bad....they just couldn't be heard.

          Other observations:  The Grateful Dead stunk (bad LSD, plus the germanium transistors in the old equipment were picking up random CB radio transmissions....and the stage collapsed midway through their set.)

          The Band wowed the audience (no-one remembers b/c the Band's management wouldn't allow their set to be filmed or put on the records)  

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          by jds1978 on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 06:57:48 AM PST

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          •  I do remember The Band's performance (1+ / 0-)
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            They were terrific.

            I also remember CS&N. It was their second performance together. They were never at any time (at Woodstock or afterwards) as tight a group on stage as on their recordings.

            •  Awesome! (0+ / 0-)

              I could only dream of seeing The Band.   I've seen CSN, the Grateful Dead (summer tour 1994, summer tour '95) and Santana (all good shows)......but I'll never get to see the Band.

              CCR was at Woodstock too....right?  How were they?

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              by jds1978 on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 12:15:02 PM PST

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