Day three of Woodstock opened with Joe Cocker’s memorable performance. and included sets by Country Joe and the Fish (Country Joe McDonald was the only performer to take the stage twice), Ten Years After, Johnny Winter and Crosby, Stills and Nash, a performance that included Neil Young.
The performance by Crosby, Stills and Nash was only their second ever. They were nervous because so many performers crowded the stage to hear the first “super group” that had received so much build up. They didn’t disappoint.
Rain caused numerous delays in scheduled performance from the beginning. So the three day festival extended into a fourth.
Next came the Paul Butterfield Blues Band then Sha Na Na, and their quirky, but entertaining act.
The act that so many had come to see closed the festival; Jimi Hendrix. Most of the crowd had left by then, but those who remain were treated to a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner that people still talk about.
There’s little doubt that Woodstock defined a generation and was the most memorable cultural event of the twentieth century. What’s even better is the music lives on with live performances by Woodstock performers.
I hope you’ve enjoyed some of the posts I’ve shared about the event. And thanks to all who’ve emailed me with their comments about my return to Woodstock novel, Goodbye Emily.
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