On this day, August 15 in 1969, hundreds of thousands of people descended upon the Bethel area of New York for a 3 day festival concert that would change the world, Woodstock. Here are some of the most memorable performances as well as the amount of money each band on the bill is reported to have been paid.
For those who are curious (and who isn’t), the following are numbers 2-10 on the highest paid scale, with 2016 equivalents in parentheses:
- Jimi Hendrix - $18,000 ($114,000)
- Creedence Clearwater Revival - $10,000 ($63,680.38)
- The Band - $7,500 ($47,760.29)
- Janis Joplin - $7,500 ($47,760.29)
- Jefferson Airplane - $7,500 ($47,760.29)
- Sly and the Family Stone - $7,000 ($44,576.27)
- Canned Heat - $6,500 ($41,392.25)
- The Who - $6,250 ($39,800.24)
- Grateful Dead - $2,500 ($15,920)
- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - $5,000 ($31,840)
- Joe Cocker - $1,375 (8,7650)
- Santana - $750 ($4,776.03)
Here are some of the most defining musical moments of Woodstock from Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joe Cocker & Richie Havens.
Jefferson Airplane woke up the crowd on Sunday morning with a groovy and intense version of 'Somebody To Love'
Jefferson Airplane performing "Somebody To Love" at the most famous music festival "Woodstock" in 1969.
Crosby, Stills & Nash played in front of people for one of the first times ever. They were quite scared when they took the stage at 3am.
This is the Live at Woodstock Version from movie "Long Time Com'in" DVD.
Santana electrified the crowd with their performance of 'Soul Sacrifice'.
Soul Sacrifice - Santana Live (Woodstock 1969)
'Armed' with an acoustic guitar, a percussionist and 1 other guitar player, Richie Havens kicked things off Friday afternoon and made a huge name for himself from his inspired performance.
Rest In Peace Richard Pierce "Richie" Havens.. ☮ (January 21, 1941 - April 22, 2013) More than 3 months ago I decided to take a look into the woodstock history and music. I was interested in peace, freedom and the hippie scene. Then I found this excellent, unique live performance by Richie Havens.
Jimi Hendrix closed Woodstock at 9am on Monday. He did this iconic version of our national anthem during his set.
VEry talented man he was R.I.P
Joe Cocker boosted his own popularity as well as the popularity for this Beatles song with his rendition of 'With A Little Help From My Friends'
Joe Cocker died Monday at his ranch in western Colorado, the BBC reports. He was 70 years old. His London-based agent, Barrie Marshall, told the Associated Press that Cocker died early Monday of lung cancer in Crawford, Colo., where he has lived for the past two decades with his wife Pam.