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Woodstock, who stole the show?

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Sly and the Family Stone might be up there too, just saw a really good documentary (relatively new) on Woodstock on PBS. They had that farm land quakin'!

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Sly, Santana, & Hendrix were the top 3 IMO. Richie Havens gets honorable mention as he had to hold down the whole damn show for quite some time as the other performers had not yet arrived. He even made up that song Freedom on the spot as a means to fill time. Now to be fair, Freedom is not exactly lyrically or melodically complex my any means (two chords and one repeated word), but it did the trick and prevented the whole festival from descending into complete pandemonium before it even got off the ground. Most do not realize how close Woodstock came to devolving into an Altamont. If the promoters would have tried to stop the gate crashers' and not opened it up as a free concert, Woodstock would have been akin to the Vigorelli Velodrome riot in 71' but times 1000x.

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The Who, Santana...and Joe Cocker gets an Honorable Mention, just for "A Little Help From My Friends"

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Santana

The Woodstock special on 'American Experience' had some very cool footage I had never seen before.  Also the complete setlists from everybody, which I had never bothered to look at previously.

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I was just too young by a few years to have been there.  Then Watkins Glenn had a huge show in the early 70's.  I think the Allman Bros and the Band were there?  Wasn't Janis Joplin at Woodstock?  I AM  a Santana fan. But not huge.  Who doesnt remember Abraxas?  Woodstock was such a rare and historic event.  The locals hated it.

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Canned Heat rocked the house. The Paul Butterfield Blues band was way up there too, and who can deny the performace by The Band wasn't also top notch?

 

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