"Woodstock's Forever"

by
Abby Zimet

Jimi Hendrix

It's 40 years since Woodstock,
a seminal moment of peace, love and music, along with mud, chaos, hope,
rain, joy, trash, bad acid and a peculiarly, exuberantly American sense
of possibility, from Richie Havens' opening "Freedom" to Jimi Hendrix'
closing, scorching "Star-Spangled Banner." Music festivals have thrived
since then. And though Hendrix and Joplin are gone, most of the
performers are going strong: Havens - chosen to open because most
everyone else was stuck in traffic - Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe, Joan
Baez, Santana, The Who, Grateful Dead, Crosby et al, Joni Mitchell: "By
the time we got to Woodstock/We were half a million strong." Rejoice,
remember.

Arlo Guthrie on its legacy: "A lot of young people have never heard of me. If you mention, ‘Oh he's one of the guys at
Woodstock,' they go, ‘Oh, wow, oh yeah, I remember that.'"

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