by Robert Wilkinson
45 years ago today, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair opened and changed countless lives forever.
You can find more about the event and who played, or didn’t, and why, at this link from Wikipedia on Woodstock
Today we'll post some of the first day's acts in order of performance. Tomorrow and Sunday we'll do the same. Since Richie Havens opened the show, we begin this anniversary celebration with the final four tunes of his performance at Woodstock, beginning with “Handsome Johnny”
We’ll follow it with the audio-only performances of “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Hey Jude”
According to legend, he ran out of songs to play, and so created an iconic tune on the spot! For your enjoyment, here’s Richie Havens performing “Freedom”
Here’s Richie’s entire 32 minute audio-only set! Richie Havens at Woodstock 1969
Here’s the legendary Tim Hardin performing his signature tune “If I Were A Carpenter”
Here’s Tim’s audio-only performance that day of “Hang On To A Dream”
Though this isn’t his Woodstock performance, it’s still Tim live in 1968 playing a song that also made the set list at Woodstock. Here’s the beautiful “Reason To Believe”
Though this also isn’t the live Woodstock version, he played this beautiful timeless tune there, so I’ll give you the studio version here. For one of the greatest antiwar tunes ever to be given to our world, written by the great Bobby Darin that became a hit for Tim, here’s the timeless “Simple Song of Freedom”
Also from that first day, Arlo Guthrie opening his set with the Bob Dylan tune “Walkin’ Down the Line” which we’ll follow with his iconic ode to green power! “Comin’ In to Los Angeles” (this video also has numerous links on the right side to “lost performances” of bands at Woodstock that didn’t make the final cut for the theaters, so check them out.)
Last year I had the entire 2 hour 17 minute audio-only soundtrack, but this year it’s nowhere to be found.
See you tomorrow with part of the lineup of August 16, 1969, featuring Santana, CCR, Janis, and the Who!
Woodstock Nation was always a state of mind.....
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