This Week Forty Years Ago, The Movie ‘Woodstock’ Was Filmed.

The movie was made by a cast of dozens of performers, and a few hundred thousand extras. As a result, the movie made many millions of young people believe, or prevaricate, that they had actually attended the movies filming.

I won’t go into the numerous problems encountered with the movie’s production, the lack of food, water, shelter, hygiene facilities, and money for paying the cast. Nor will I discuss the burden placed on the local community. This movie was about the sound track, not the cast. I should mention there were many well known performers that did not wish to participate in its filming, such as Jethro Tull, as Ian Anderson is quoted as saying he “didn’t want to spend [his] weekend in a field of unwashed hippies”. Who could argue with such flawless reasoning? Many other famous performers, such as Led Zeppelin, The Byrds, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Moody Blues, and The Doors, chose to not attend for numerous reasons, but most because they viewed it as just another outdoor festival, not realizing it would be one of the most viewed movies of all time, and a soundtrack that still endures.

I’m certain the viewers have their favorite performances from the movie, as I have mine. In particular, I thought Canned Heat was fantastic with their version of “Lets work together.” As was Richie Havens “Freedom,” Jimi Hendrix (Gypsy Sun and Rainbows) memorable performance of “The Star Spangled Banner,” along with Joe Cocker’s “With A Little Help From My Friends.”

But for me, the most amazing performance and the one that would have brought the house down, had it been indoors, was the performance of Ten Years After.

It was a rock and roll song perfect in every way! Great beat and timing, superb musicianship, with the strong blues origins found in rock and roll. That it was filmed at night added to the excellent performance.

While there will be many discussions all this week about the supposed festival that took place, the music and the movie is what most have known, and will continue to know for quite some time.

Please feel free to add links to the performances you found most appealing and entertaining. However, if any hippies add the Joan Baez commie/union organizing song “Joe Hill,” I will delete it.

Oh…and I was not there for the filming.

*Cross posted*
At LGF2.

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