Sunday, August 16, 2009

New York state thru-way is closed, man!

...lotta freaks eh eh
Remembering Woodstock, 1969
Where you there?
Tell me, I'd like to know! : )


L. D. Burgus said...

That is a cool shot of some interesting people. Did they ask for a ride?

Vivian said...

well, I would imagine that they stuck their thumbs out every time a car passed by. I remember hitch hiking was very popular back then.

ShEiLa said...

I don't remember Woodstock... I was 6 years old. But I have seen photos like these.

I will have to check back and see if anyone that was there has stories to tell.


Just Joe said...

Woodstock...hmmmm I was in the hospitol recovering from Vietnam wounds back then but I remember, Max Yasgur's 600 acre dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969.

In April 1969, newly-minted superstars Creedence Clearwater Revival were the first act to sign a contract for the event, agreeing to play for ten thousand dollars.
(My favorite group)
The promoters had experienced difficulty landing big-name groups prior to the Bay Area swamp rockers committing to play. Creedence drummer Doug Clifford later commented "Once Creedence signed, everyone else jumped in line and all the other big acts came on."

Woodstock was designed as a profit-making venture, aptly titled "Woodstock Ventures". It famously became a "free concert" only after it became obvious that the event was drawing hundreds of thousands more people than the organizers had prepared for. Tickets for the event cost US$18 in advance (approximately US$106 today calculated for buying power, and approximately US$75 today adjusted for inflation)[6] and $24 at the gate for all three days. Ticket sales were limited to record stores in the greater New York City area, or by mail via a Post Office Box at the Radio City Station Post Office located in Midtown Manhattan. Around 186,000 tickets were sold beforehand and organizers anticipated approximately 200,000 festival-goers would turn up.

Performing artists

Thirty-two acts performed over the course of the four days:

Friday, August 15
Richie Havens
Swami Satchidananda - gave the invocation for the festival
The Incredible String Band
Bert Sommer
Tim Hardin
Ravi Shankar
Arlo Guthrie
Joan Baez

Saturday, August 16
Quill, forty minute set of four songs
Keef Hartley Band
Country Joe McDonald
John Sebastian
Canned Heat
Grateful Dead
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band
Sly & the Family Stone
The Who began at 4 AM, kicking off a 25-song set including Tommy
Jefferson Airplane

Sunday, August 17 to Monday, August 18
The Grease Band
Joe Cocker
Country Joe and the Fish
Ten Years After
The Band
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Johnny Winter featuring his brother, Edgar Winter
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Jimi Hendrix

Vivian said...

Sheila, I was only 13 and didn't even know about the Woodstock concert till the next year when the album came out. Great music on there, really great! I was just playing it on my turntable yesterday.....oh I am so dating myself but I don't care! : )

Vivian said...!...thank you for your story and this info! I am going to Pa tomorrow for a few days and have plans to drive up to Bethal to see the museum again. That farm is now a huge outdoor arena with about 10 parking lots, for concerts. The museum is awesome! Check it out at:

I am sorry about your wounds from nam, that sucks, war sucks! But I thank you a billion for serving your country for our freedom.

CCR is one of my all time favorite bands, I have one of their songs on my playlist to the right....keep clicking forwrd till you see it, alone with a few songs from Woodstock.

One two three, what are we fighting for?
Don't ask me I don't give a damn.
Next stop is Vietnam....

Thanks for the line up...they had that in the museum.
It says you're not allowed to tak pics in there which really ticks me off! LOL I am so tempted to sneak a few and post them on here for all to see!
Probably along with one of me from behind bars!
But officer....I need to blog my pictures....palease!

HEY, for anyone reading this who would love to read some really fine poetry about Vietnam, check out:

Adrian LaRoque said...

Hmmm...I don't know if I remember or not I am not sure of my age! hehe!

Vivian thanks for the poem, you have a talent, that I know.

Vivian said...

You are welcome, Adrian...they are lyrics to an old song. ; )
And, you don't remember because you probably weren't born yet! lol

Alex said...

Hi Vivian, This is great the stuff you come up with really amazes me. I was only three at the time of the big gig, honestly i was. See ya....

Vivian said...

I believe you, Alex, honestly I've must have been a cute baby, cos you're not too shabby now! lol