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Biographic - Sunday August 11, 2019 Comic Strip Licensing and Permissions

Biographic - Sunday August 11, 2019 Comic Strip
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August 15 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the great milestones in rock history, 1969s Woodstock Music Festival. Held on a 600-acre dairy farm in upstate New York, the three-day event drew an estimated audience of 500,000. In 2017, the festival site was listed on the national register of historical places. A number of acts, including The Doors, and Led Zeppelin declined to appear, but fans were still treated to a series of performances that, thanks to the documentary movie and soundtrack albums, have entered rock legend. Folk singer Richie Havens opened the proceedings, and when he ran out of songs after a series of encores, he improvised the anthemic "Freedom." A pregnant Joan Baez closed the opening day. On day two, Country Joe McDonald led half a million people in about of community singing on his vietnam war protest number "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag." newcomers Santana preceded the likes of The Grateful Dead, Sly and The Family Stone introduced The Family Stone introduced funk to the mix, and The Who took the stage at 5 A.M for a storming 25-song set. Joe Crocker kicked off day three, which saw Crosby, Stills and Nash play only their second gig together by the time Jimi Hendrix took the stage on Monday morning to close out the festival, only a fraction of the crowd remained, but those still in attendance were treated to his legendary feedback-drenched rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." A number of acts, including Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Blood, Sweat, and Tears were absent from the documentary although the 2009 DVD release featured many previously unseen performances. The museum at Bethel woods, dedicated to Woodstock and its cultural impact, sits on the site of the original festival. Richie Havens ashes were scattered across the site on August 18, 2013.