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It was August 1969 and I was barely a year old.  
It was billed as Three days of Peace and Music (what a beautiful thought even now), and everyone attending was told they would never be the same....
What am I talking about?
Why Woodstock of course!  
I can't believe it's been 40 years!  Wow!  And Wow to some of the damn fine music that was heard back then too; here are some personal favourites of mine:

-Jefferson Airplane
-the Who
-Joe Cocker
-Joan Baez
-Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
and of course Jimi Hendrix!  Who can forget his incredible version of the Star Spangled Banner?!  It was just amazing...

Please join in the 40th anniversary party of Woodstock by posting comments of your personal fav Woodstock performances and videos, and PLEASE, if you happen to be one of the lucky ones who attended Woodstock some 40 years ago, share your experience with the rest of us in the comments!

Ah....Peace, love, and good music...that's what I call a damn good time!

Originally posted to angrybird on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 07:47 PM PDT.

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  •  It's my birthday this weekend... (11+ / 0-)

    so I had to post this diary a few days before the actual anniversary...maybe someone else will do one on the actual date for me?.....
    Oh, by the way, does anyone else think this would make the coolest tattoo?

    "Imagine all the people, Living life in peace..." -John Lennon

    by angrybird on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 07:47:50 PM PDT

  •  I was lying in the hospital (2+ / 0-)
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    on Long Island giving birth to my youngest son 40 years ago this week-end. The nurses station down the hall had the radio on and I got to listen to the announcers amazed that there were half a million people heading up to a little community known as Woodstock.
    Happy Birthday to you too.

    If you don't stick to your values when they are being tested, then they aren't values, they're hobbies!" Jon Stewart 1-22-09

    by gabie on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 07:59:52 PM PDT

  •  Imagine Woodstock today (3+ / 0-)
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    The teabaggers would go and protest and totally harsh everyone's buzz.

    •  They would literally be SURROUNDED! :) (2+ / 0-)
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      Seriously though, a lot of the performers have played better gigs, but I think all would agree that the show was important socially AND to their careers.

      The Who for example were in debt up the wazoo and "Tommy" had already slid down the charts. Their performance was (by their standards) sub-par but the publicity and a few heavily played clips really upped their visibility.

      As for Jimi, it wasn't his best show either but his genius was on full display from Star Spangled Banner through the minor key blues "Villanova Junction," one of the most beautiful and amazing performances of music I have ever heard.  

      I'm not paranoid, I'm just well informed--SherwoodB

      by SherwoodB on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 08:14:53 PM PDT

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    •  Teabaggers seem like the kind of people (3+ / 0-)
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      Who just hate music in general. And they probably believe that dancing will get you pregnant.

      Beer cans are beautiful. It's the roads that are ugly. -- Edward Abbey

      by frankzappatista on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 08:16:06 PM PDT

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  •  My favorite from the film was (2+ / 0-)
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    Sly and the Family Stone, then jefferson Airplane. Grace and Marty had a way of pushing the band to the edge even when they seemed tired and burned out.

    Beer cans are beautiful. It's the roads that are ugly. -- Edward Abbey

    by frankzappatista on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 08:11:27 PM PDT

  •  I was there (7+ / 0-)

    My then husband, our four year old son and I rode on a bus with Richie Haven's mother-in-law.  The Greyhound bus driver knew a back way in--so we arrived Friday evening around 7 pm--having left NYC around 5 pm: the News was saying that no one could get in at that point.

    We had dinner with the Hog Farm--Joan Baez was there and then sat on a hill listening to the music. We were among the thousands of people rolling down the hill in the downpour that evening (it's a long story--our son was safe and dry a few feet away from us).

    The music I loved the most and still remember the best was:

    Country Joe.  An aside: If the camera had panned over a few people to the right, my family would have been in the movie.  The friends from Canada we met there made it into that scene.

    Creedence Clearwater.  I've never forgotten being half-asleep and half-awake and awakening to their sound.

    Jimi Hendrix.  That guitar!

    We made new friends there, swam, had the time of our lives and got a ride back to the City with some WWII conscientious observers.

    The unexamined life is not worth living. (Socrates)

    by no way lack of brain on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 08:15:59 PM PDT

  •  Was too young for woodstock (11) but did attend (2+ / 0-)
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    the 10 year Woodstock reunion held out on Long Island!  Can't say I remember much of it! LOL

    So I just looked it up:

    There have been quite a few high profile events to commemorate the legendary 1969 Woodstock Festival, but one of the most interesting occurred when many of the original musicians who had performed at Woodstock converged in Long Island's Parr Meadows in Brookhaven, NY to celebrate the 10th anniversary. Unlike later events, this was a true reunion for many of the musicians who played at Woodstock and the audience was treated to performances by the likes of Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Stephen Stills, Johnny Winter, the Rick Danko/Paul Butterfield Band and Canned Heat, among others.

    "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

    by MRA NY on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 08:29:08 PM PDT

  •  Just saw a promo (2+ / 0-)
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    for Ang Lee's latest movie, "Taking Woodstock", opening end of August; don't know much about it but looks interesting.

    I too was too young for Woodstock (10), but it seems to be one of those seminal events that divides the early Boomers from the later ones; I can't seem to relate to all the "touchstones" that most media types identify as key to the Boomer experience.

    Civility is the way of telling someone to go fuck themselves in such a way that the someone agrees it probably is a good idea.

    by Cali Scribe on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 08:46:42 PM PDT

    •  The MSM is as clueless on this as everything (0+ / 0-)

      else reported on. Most generational shoe boxes in the media are just wrong no matter which generation is being described or even what the generational lines are.

      ATF Alcohol, Tobacco. Firearms. Add Burgers and Potato Salad and its a Southern Picnic.

      by OHdog on Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 04:16:34 AM PDT

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  •  When I went I was in the army at Ft. Knox, KY. (5+ / 0-)

    My current ex-wife and I stopped in NYC to pick up my friend attending NYU and got a $50 parking ticket too. Went early enough so that the Thruway was still open. By the time we walked up to the gate the fences were being pushed down and the announcement came on saying it was now a free concert. One thing that sticks out is one guy camping near us was just back from Nam and PTSD'ed every time a helicopter flew over. It was also great that Ivory soap floats since otherwise we couldn't pass it around when we were taking baths in the nearby pond to get the mud off after the rain turned the concert area into a mud slide.(so much for dirty Hippies). You've seen the movie so that's about how it was. Except that they moved the play order of performances around. The movie has Jimi Hendricks playing about 2/3 of the way through when in fact he was about the last. We woke up sleeping on wet muddy ground the morning after the last scheduled day and Sha-Na-Na was playing. We really didn't like them so we grabbed our muddy blankets and headed back to the car. About half way there Jimi started his unmistakable version of the Star Spangled Banner. I started to go back but my companions reminded me we had seen him several times and that if I went back I would be hitching back to both NYC and Ft. Knox. If you want to see my picture on the first day, look at the panoramic picture of the audience. We were sitting near the Ripple Banners 3/4 way back to the right side of the photo. I am third dot from the left.

    ATF Alcohol, Tobacco. Firearms. Add Burgers and Potato Salad and its a Southern Picnic.

    by OHdog on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 08:49:31 PM PDT

    •  Awesome! (2+ / 0-)
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      Thanks so much for sharing those great memories!  I will definitely try and find you in the audience the next time I watch the film....I am guessing it will be played on TV somewhere a few times this weekend.

      "Imagine all the people, Living life in peace..." -John Lennon

      by angrybird on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 09:38:58 PM PDT

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  •  Gawd... (3+ / 0-)
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    I was just about to go bck to bed and this reminded me of all the WORK I have to do tomorrow! :) I'm dialing in a Woodstock 40th Weekend on my lil ole classic hits station up here.....still gotta bunch of liners to make. heh
    avoid the brown acid

    Hey Newt! If I gave you a hug, you'd be surrounded by paganism! - Eddie Garcia (kestrel9000)(-6.88/-5.74)

    by kestrel9000 on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 08:52:42 PM PDT

    •  Montana Public Radio is doing a ... (3+ / 0-)
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      ... Woodstock listening party as I write this.

      Last night too -- first time I've ever heard the Creedence set.

      During the actual weekend, I was working on the railroad at a mining company near Salt Lake City.
      It was about 95 degrees day and night all that month. We were having convectional thunderstorms, and the engines needed traction sand, so I was shoveling that stuff in the murderous heat all that weekend. It helped being 20 years old.
      During rest/breathe/water breaks, I read Zorba the Greek, which is about back-breaking work and mining, among other things.
      Thanks to Crawdaddy and Rolling Stone, I was VERY aware of what was going on 3000 miles away. The three-disc album and film affected the whole country for much of the next year.

      We celebrated life with music and dancing at the University of Utah many times during these times -- besides demonstrating for what was right. Beat the heck outta shoveling sand!

      ... public service is a privilege. It's not about advantaging yourself, it's not about advancing your friends or your corporate clients.

      by MT Spaces on Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 12:12:02 AM PDT

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  •  I tried to be there (4+ / 0-)
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    I was 17 years old and living in Queens, NY when my friends and I, and my older brother and his friends decided to go. There was talk that the concert was going to be free, so after a lot of begging and pleading, my mother finally allowed us to go,providing we stay at my aunts house, outside Albany. (I think my mother believed we were going to an afternoon event and would be home by dinner. We weren't about to set her straight.)

    So, eleven kids, ages 16 to 23, hopped in a van and a family sedan and headed up to Woodstock.

    Except, we never made it. Each time I watch the movie, I search for our cars when the footage reveals what it looks like when the New York State Thruway is closed. It took us five hours to be turned around, and the drive home was very depressing.

    Especially when my mother met us at the door with, "How was the concert? I thought you were going to stay at Auntie Diane's"

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 09:52:24 PM PDT

  •  I Was Lucking Enough to Be There (5+ / 0-)

    We drove down Friday morning from Franconia, New Hampshire. We had two cars, one mine and the other a friends. When we got to Bethel we couldn't get closer than a few miles. So we decided to spend the night at at one my friend's parent's summer place about ten mile away. After a very early breakfast we headed to the concert location. Much to our surprise nobody was there. So we staked out a place about fifteen rows back from center stage. We spent all day Saturday in this perfect location. My friends said they were going back to the cabin to sleep. I told them I will see you later I am not leaving this great spot. (I saw one of my friends on Sunday; they couldn't get any closer than 100 rows from the stage.) I had made friends with three sisters from Keane, New Hampshire. They took good care of me with food, rain gear, they even brought a big sheet of plastic to get under during the rain. I have seen a picture of us in the first Life Magazine special. I avoided any of the ingestables just stuck with the herb. It really got very smelly as the fertilizer came up through the soil after the rain. But I wasn't going to let that get in my way. We stayed to the very end, early Monday morning. Even helped with clean up after it was over. I gave the three sisters a ride home to Keane since it was on my way back to Franconia. There were so many great performances but I would have to say Sly and The Family Stone was my favorite. Despite some of the technical problems they were experiencing. There are so many images that I still have, the skinny dipping, the food being dropped from the sky, the warnings not to climb the towers. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.    

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