Hello. Henry Cook and I hope you will join us this Saturday night, August 24, at 10:00 on Time For The Blues, as we relive one of the pivotal moments of the 20th Century. It wasn’t the moon landing and it wasn’t the Chicago Cubs losing out the National League Pennant to the New York Mets; it can be summed up by one word, “Woodstock.”
Three days of peace, love, and music – and mud – lots of mud brought together half a million people to Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm to see some of the biggest rock acts of all time. It spawned books, movies, merchandise, music, and traffic jams that seemed to stick around for months.
Let’s be perfectly clear, Henry and I were not there. I actually did make a pilgrimage there in the summer of 1972 just to see the place, and I was truly filled with a sense of wonder. To this day, I wonder what it was actually like to endure the troubles that large of a crowd inevitably causes: small rations of food and water, primitive sanitation, difficulty in moving around, just to see and hear so many of the greats on one stage.
While Woodstock was geared primarily to the rock fans, there were plenty of blues acts there as well. So many of the rockers had their roots in the blues, so the combination was a perfect fit.
Henry got his hands on an amazing collection from Rhino, Woodstock Back To The Garden, which is a 10 CD set of fantastic music. If you’ve got the money, there is the ultimate version of 38 discs, 432 tracks, a Blu-ray of the original film, and a heck of a lot more. I asked Mrs. Professor for two years worth of allowance to buy that version, but after she finished laughing, I realized I was going to be sleeping on the couch. Again.
Anyway, I digress. Who do we have on the show this week? Some outstanding performances from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the amazing once in a generation talent that was Janis Joplin, the legendary Johnny Winter, The Who (yes, they have roots in the blues as well), the criminally underrated Ten Years After, and the immortal Jimi Hendrix.
Sorry, Sha Na Na fans, unfortunately, they did not record a blues tune, but if we ever do a tribute show to the group, we’ll let you know.
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