Woodstock Day One

What’s a little rain and mud among friends?

The second day of Woodstock moved away and focused on rock bands including Santana, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who and some surprisingly less than on their game performances by the Grateful Dead, and Janice Joplin.

Day Two turned into Day Three. Early in the morning, came Sly and the Family Stone and Grace Slick and Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane.

Two years before Woodstock

Two years before Woodstock

The rains continued, some left, more stayed. During a rain-delayed break in the performance, John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful was plucked from the crowd and performed acoustic versions of songs he wrote and performed for the Spoonful.

While concertgoers dealt with the rain, mud and food shortages, the media painted a far bleaker story than was happening. Many establishment people wanted to concert to fail and the weather and drug use fed their paranoia.

New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller declared Sullivan County a disaster area and threatened to send in the national guard. But word got out as those in attendance called home. People began to contact the media informing them their family members were at Woodstock and were very much enjoying the event.

As Saturday turned into Sunday morning and Joe Cocker took the stage, those who were at Woodstock were treated to a day of memorable sixties music.




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