WYEP Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Woodstock


The Woodstock Festival was one of the watershed events of not only the counter-culture revolution of the 1960s and 1970s but in all of rock history. The audience of hundreds of thousands made Woodstock as memorable as the music from some of the most iconic bands of rock and folk of the day.


To celebrate the 45th anniversary of this event, WYEP produced these short features to share facts, dispel myths, and play music performed at the original festival, chock full with audio clips from and related to the festival.

1) topics: Sweetwater/Richie Havens; featured song: Richie Havens, 'Freedom'

2) topics: Bert Sommer/Arlo Guthrie; featured song: Arlo Guthrie, 'Every Hand In The Land'

3) topics: Quill/The Who; featured song: The Who, 'Pinball Wizard'

4) topics: Melanie/The Band; featured song: The Band, 'Ain't No More Cane'

5) topics: Ravi Shankar/Joan Baez; featured song: Joan Baez, 'Drug Store Truck Drivin Man'

6) topics: programming between bands/Jefferson Airplane; featured song: Jefferson Airplane, 'Volunteers'

7) topics: Sunday rainstorms/Joe Cocker; featured song: Joe Cocker, 'With a Little Help From My Friends'

8) topics: Grateful Dead/Sha Na Na; featured song: Sha-Na-Na, 'At the Hop'

9) topics: Mountain/Canned Heat; featured song: Canned Heat, 'Going Up The Country'

10) topics: Keef Hartley Band/Creedence Clearwater Revival; featured song: CCR, 'I Put a Spell on You'

11) topics: The Incredible String Band/John Sebastian; featured song: John Sebastian, 'Rainbows All Over Your Blues'

12) topics: backstory to Woodstock/Sly and the Family Stone; featured song: Sly and the Family Stone, 'Everyday People'

13) topics: acid/Country Joe and the Fish; featured song: Country Joe & the Fish, 'Feel-Like-I'm-Fixing-to-Die-Rag'

14) topics: traffic problems/Santana; featured song: Santana, 'Evil Ways'

15) topics: artists who DIDN'T play Woodstock/Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band; featured song: Janis Joplin, 'Piece of My Heart'

16) topics: Tim Hardin/Blood, Sweat & Tears; featured song: Blood, Sweat & Tears, 'You've Made Me So Very Happy'

17) topics: stage announcements/Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; featured song: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, 'Marrakesh Express'

18) topics: food stands & ferris wheel/Paul Butterfield Blues Band; featured song: Paul Butterfield Blues Band, 'Everything's Gonna Be Alright'

19) topics: Max Yasgur/Jimi Hendrix; featured song: Jimi Hendrix, 'Red House'

20) topics: stages at the festival/Ten Years After; featured song: Ten Years After, 'I'm Going Home'

21) topics: audience recordings/Johnny Winter; featured song: Johnny Winter, 'Leland Mississippi Blues'


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