His voice isn’t at its finest, but this is where Hendrix delivers his famous guitar-rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a stand-alone work of art drenched in politics, history and emotion.
woodstock movie – Three Days That Defined A Generation At An AMC Theatre Near You.
The unique QuickTime movie clips of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair available here for free viewing, are taken from original 8mm movie footage and audio cassette recordings made at the festival in 1969 by Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell. Sebastian was popular among the rock festival circuits. He had a memorable, albeit unscheduled appearance at Woodstock, appearing after Country Joe McDonald’s set, playing songs such as I Had A Dream,” Rainbows All Over Your Blues,” Darling Be Home Soon” and Younger Generation,” which he dedicated to a newborn baby at the festival.
Joel Rosenman: When we met them, they were quite different from us, meaning a lot of fringe, a lot of buckskin, and a great deal of hair. John and I were making an effort to look like businessmen at the time, so we couldn’t have represented more distant ends of the spectrum.
There was enough usable material for a seven-hour film, which is why, in its various home-video incarnations, Woodstock has shape-shifted quite a bit over the years, without ever betraying its essence. But something more curious has happened over those 40 years. I think that without the film, the concert would not be more than a footnote to the social and cultural history of the 1960s – represented by a still photo in a picture book, a line or two in the history books. What the movie did, and continues to do, is distil the Woodstock experience, and, more important, keep it vibrant and alive. The footnote has become a touchstone, a way for my generation to remind ourselves of who we were then and to measure the road we have travelled since. It has also been, more significantly, a way for newer generations to get in touch with the chaotic spirit of the 1960s. Or rather, a part of that spirit: the happier part.
Epic Rocking : Lots of performers did extended songs at the festival, but (unsurprisingly) The Grateful Dead took first prize with a 40-minute long version of “Turn On Your Love Light” (and it would’ve gone on even longer, except their amps suffered electrical overload and shorted out).
Richie Havens, Musician (voice of):I actually was afraid to go on first, basically because I knew the concert was late and I didn’t want to get beer cans thrown at me. You know, don’t do this to me. Don’t put me in front of your problem like this, you know. My bass player isn’t even here. But I went on you know, and it was beautiful.
John Roberts, Producer (voice of): I grew up in New York City, and I came from a wealthy family. My mother died when I was young so when I was 21, I inherited about a quarter of a million dollars. That was quite a bit of money in those days. I had a job down on Wall Streetdoing research.
In a sense, that’s exactly what makes “Woodstock” so important. You can’t relive the event or even re-create it for future generations. But we have Wadleigh’s film, and that means we’ll always remember it. They were on the stage. We were playing music and there was this jerk standing there with this other guy following him around wearing black clothes. Like you couldn’t see them”.
Michael Lang, Producer (voice of):We went to see Max, and we just hit it off. I think he liked the fact that we were doing something in the face of a lot of adversity and that we believed in. Peter Beren, Festival Attendee (voice of): The roar that went up from that crowd was incredible. Despite its roots in it trying to be a capitalist enterprise, the concert was liberated.
You can experience some of the highlights of the three-day festival — including performances by Jim Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who and Sly & The Family Stone — Thursday when the expanded director’s cut of the film screens at 10 San Diego area theaters and one in Temecula.
It’s Elliot’s initiative that brings concert producer Michael Lang (Jonathan Groff, left) — and eventually a horde numbering in the hundreds of thousands — to the vicinity of Yasgur’s Farm for what would become a landmark event.
Stan Goldstein, Festival Organizer (voice of): One specific thing was toilets. We knew we’d have to have a lot of them, no one knew how many. So, I began going to events with a stopwatch and clipboard. Madison Square Garden, baseball stadiums, any place that there were a lot of people. And I timed them, going in and coming out, going in and coming out. I took all the information I gathered, multiplied it by the size of the crowd we thought we might have, and came up with outrageous numbers of johns. Tens of thousands, just impossible numbers. So we lined up as many as we could get.
Three Days that Defined a Generation” is at its most useful and arresting when Ephron and Goodman cut through the history and trains his attention on the legion of starry-eyed kids who made it happen. Chief among them: Woodstock co-founders John Roberts and Joel Makower, who borrowed money from the Polident fortune to get the ball rolling. For every generic audio clip where they marvel at the scope of the event and how many toilets it required (We were all in our mid-20s and had created something much bigger than we anticipated”), there’s a more salient tidbit about how the operation came together. We also can’t forget Michael Lang, who had the big idea, or Max Yasgur, the buttoned-up 50-year-old Bethel native who lent the festival his dairy farm because he believed that Woodstock epitomized the kind of freedoms that kids were supposedly dying to protect in Vietnam. After half a century, Ephron and Goodman finally give Yasgur his due.
Honorary Maverick Award Recipient Peter Bogdanovich with Meera Gandhi Giving Back Award Recipient Mira Nair at the 2013 Woodstock Film Festival. The 1970 Woodstock” film documentary won an Oscar and had an international impact. So did the accompanying live triple-album soundtrack.
Honoring the 50th anniversary staging of the iconic festival that promoted “3 Days of Peace and Music,” the Belcourt presents the 25th anniversary director’s cut of Michael Wadleigh’s culturally significant documentary WOODSTOCK, replete with an additional 40 minutes of performances by Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, and Janis Joplin. This three-plus hour historic document set the bar for all festival documentaries that followed, capturing the essence of the monumental event featuring 400,000-plus hippies that assisted in making the event a cultural phenomenon.
The third compilation of music recorded at the festival to be widely released, this time to commemorate Woodstock’s 25th anniversary. There’s no overlap between the songs on this album and those on the first two Woodstock releases.
The Hendrix guitar solo is the most famous single element in the film, which uses it as a form of closure. As Hendrix begins, we see the concert grounds after most of the 400,00 have left, leaving behind acres of debris, muddy blankets, lost shoes. Then the chronology reverses itself to to show the field filling, until finally we see the whole expanse of the mighty crowd, as Hendrix’s guitar evokes rockets bursting in air.
In 1969, Tim Hardin appeared at the Woodstock Festival where he sang his If I Were A Carpenter” song solo, as well as a full set of his music while backed by a band that included drummer Muruga Booker. Watching Woodstock in 2019, though, you can’t help but wonder what the world learned. Today, Woodstock plays as both terrific concert documentary and a sobering object lesson about the limits of idealism.
Added Woodstock Film Festival co-founder and managing director Meira Blaustein: I wish it was not nearly as timely, but as we witness over and over again, gun control is a huge unresolved issue in our country. I am honored to be able to present the world premiere of Parkland Rising at this year’s Woodstock Film Festival, and look forward to sharing this important work with our audience.
One of the most appreciated bands, The Band, started on Sunday, the 17th at ca. 10.00 pm. They were known for excellent Folk-Rock, almost better than most US-based Folk bands, succeeding their mentor and former employer Bob Dylan. What can be said about this set? This is the renaissance of Folk-Rock performed at this historic musical event. I Shall Be Released” is played so sweet that even Mr. Dylan would have smiled. The Band had only one album by hand so far: The cult album Music From Big Pink, released in 1968. But their music didn’t fall short. In fact they had been around for many years. They played seven of the eleven songs from that album, taking a careful try at Bob Dylan, too but not as excessive as for instance The Byrds. The Weight” is their last song (before the encore), a song that was already made famous by the biker movie Easy Rider.
In Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation,” the music takes a back seat to the retelling of the concert itself, which is something like reviewing the process of publishing a book without discussing what the book is about. The movie doesn’t even get to the opening moments of the show until halfway through the 90-minute film. Once there they dribble little pieces of Joan Baez singing Joe Hill,” Santana playing Soul Sacrifice,” Joe Cocker doing With a Little Help From My Friends,” without ever once allowing more than a glimpse of the massive glory, the sheer power and raw beauty of the historic performances that entranced the audience of a half million on that hillside in upstate New York.
Jimi Hendrix and his band were known under several names. But besides his backing band, it was just Jimi Hendrix playing. The band was scheduled as the last performance of the festival, Sunday night. Due to several delays, they eventually played on Monday morning, 9:00AM, when most of the audience had already left.