Sunday, September 13, 2009

Woodstock: 40 years later

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It was billed as "An Aquarian festival: 3 days of peace and music." August 15-18, 1969.
They were hip. They were cutting edge. They hated war. They had turned on, tuned in, dropped out. They would never sell out.

They still smoked heavily like their daddies and some of them became the stockbrokers of today.In the end, they did sell out, or died young. Now the ones that are left are only codgers.40 years ago. Live fast, love hard, die young. "Hope I die before I get old." A lot did.

Some people who performed at Woodstock:
Joan Baez
The Band
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Canned Heat
Jo Cocker
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Crosby, Stills, &Nash
The Grateful Dead
Arlo Guthrie
Richie Havens
Jimi Hendrix
Iron Butterfly
Jefferson Airplane
Janis Joplin
John Sebastian
Ravi Shankar
Sly & The Family Stone
The Who
Johnny Winter
Neil Young
And more

Please note that LIFE has put a large selection of its huge photo archive online. Very much worth browsing. Start here.


  1. cantankerous, yes. Codger, NEVER!

  2. I wouldn't call all those left old codgers, but I suppose it depends on your point of view.

    I had a look at the Life archive. Fascinating, and a good source for whiling away a few hours. I find their choice of topics to highlight equally fascinating, e.g.:

    * Ballerinas
    * Country Doctor
    * Parade
    * Cowboys
    * Drive-in
    * Railroad

    Is that not a bizarre choice for culture?



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