Tuesday, November 1, 2011



What was Woodstock?

Woodstock Music & Art Fair (informally, Woodstock or The Woodstock Festival) was a music festival, known as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music".

Which bands were there?

On Friday (August 15), there were these singers: Richie Havens, Swami Satchidananda, Sweetwater, Bert Sommer, Ravi Shankar, Tim Hardin, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie and Joan Baez.
On Saturday (August 16) the singers that played were: Quill, Country Joe McDonald, John Sebastian, Santana, Keef Hartley Band, The Incredible String Band, Canned Heat, Mountain, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band, Sly & the Family Stone, The Who and Jefferson Airplane.
On Sunday (August 17, the last day) the bands that participated were: 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, Sha-Na-Na and, closing the festival, Jimi Hendrix.

Jimmy Hendrix
What could people do there?

They could listen to music, camp, meet new people, have fun, drink a lot and, unfortunately, use drugs like heroin.

When did it happen?

The first edition happened from August 15 to August 18, 1969.


Why did people go to Woodstock?

Because they felt free to enjoy their life style and to listen to some rock music and also use drugs.

Where did Woodstock take part?

It took part in a farm of 600 acres in the rural town of Bethel, USA.

Why was it important?

Because it was one of the most important hippie festival in the world and it was also a protest against the Vietnam War.

Who organized the festival?
Four people idealized the Festival. They were Artie Kornfeld, Michael Lang, John Roberts and Joel Roseman.

How many people went to Woodstock?

There were about 200.000 tickets available to be sold but 500.000 people went to the festival. Many of them didn’t buy the ticket. They invaded the event.


Some curiosities about the event
During the event:
There were four abortions.
Two babies were born, one in a helicopter and one in a car.
One person was run over by a tractor.
Some people died because of overdose and some for unknown reasons.                                          
People made a grave and wrote the Woodstock days on it.


We'd like to have been there. What about you?

Would you like to have another Woodstock edition? Which bands would you like to see?

Basic 3 - Tue/Thu 14:30h
Teacher: Evelyn Marques