Remembering Woodstock Part 2

Aug 19, 2019

Two hippies at the Woodstock Festival
Credit Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell / Wikimedia Commons

Imagine what it would have been like to wake up Monday morning to the strains of Jimi Hendrix playing the “Star-Spangled Banner”? Well, that's how Woodstock came to a close after 3 days of peace and love.

On this hour of the B-Sides with Bolin and Blumberg, you get to hear the whole thing plus the remarkable performance of Joe Cocker doing the Beatles' “With a Little Help from my Friends” and The Jefferson Airplane waking up the crowd on Sunday morning with “Volunteers.”

All this plus Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly and the Family Stone and Crosby Stills Nash and Young playing Woodstock, which was written after the festival by Joni Mitchell.

The amazing thing is Woodstock could have very easily shut down on Saturday since the festival's organizers were hemorrhaging money. By then, they had let many of the attendees in for free, and the bands demanded to be paid. The costs of renting helicopters, food and supplies left them broke.

What happened was that one of the organizers agreed to use his trust fund for collateral for an emergency loan. He managed to convince a local bank manager to open up around midnight to get some money.

So that was Woodstock in a nutshell -- a lot of great performances while flying without a net. In the end, it worked out for the most historic musical event in history.