were you 40 years ago? Sugar & Junior @ Woodstock
Is There Blues at Woodstock?
original stage is between Sugar & Junior (Photo: Jessica Mackey)
Junior was in boot camp hiking up a mountain hearing
the crowds chants & drums from Woodstock. "It was the only time
in my life I fainted after a 25 mile forced hike up "MotherF...."
hill with full gear-guns & boots in Fort Knox, KY, I could hear Santana
(and Sly & The Family Stone) in my head," remembers Junior.
"I had just turned 14 years old starting my freshman
year at St. Teresa's Academy and the only hippies I saw were down at Volker
Fountain in front of the Nelson Art Gallery," says Sugar.
On New Year's Day 2009 after Levon's Midnight Ramble we found Woodstock
together and down by the orginal stage there's a monumentthere is a memoriial
listing all the performers and at that moment we made a pacg to come back
for its 40th Annniversary.
Working photographers Bill Epridge (scotch) & John Dominis (whiskey)--Life
Magazine were in a trailer behind the stage 40 years ago and Bill is here
today reminscing about that the special Woodstock issue that was filled
with his photos because the writers were out smoking herb and told him
they couldn't remember a thing.
Bill Bleyer--Newsday is another alumni thanks his mom
for giving him & his friends a ride to Woodstock (his mom also even
let his rock band practice at home in the basement).
Canned Heat Band members Larry "The Mole" Taylor greeted us
in the press tent as well other Woodstock alumuni, ShaNaNa, Ten Years
After - Leo Lyons, Country Joe McDonald. Grateful Dead- Tom Constantin,
Ten Years After keyboardist Chick Churchill have all stopped by the press
tent while sound check is going on and people are beginning to sit in
their seats while the grassy hill ($20 seats) filled quickly with tie-dye
t-shirts and blankets. Up above the hill behind the museum and ampitheatre
we are escorted with our cameras and requestedt to shoot from above the
originnal site that held over 300, 000 from above the stage, the pond
Woodstock has begun--17,000 strong and The Heroes are
taking the stage.
Bruce Hornsby, executive director of Bethel Woods brought on Conrad Oberg,
a young blind guitarist black leather pants clad cranked up his Marshall
amp as he did the Star Spangled Banner just like his idol--Jimi Hendrix
had done before him and his dream only a few years ago was to be on the
Woodstock stage. Then Max Yasgar's son Sam came on stage reading the speech
his father spoke 40 years ago.
Next Country Joe came out and had everyone say "F" and then
did a handclapping solo number followed by Big Brother & The Holding
Company and two singers one from Japan--
Superfly finely dressed in black and white stripe jumsuit with flowing
strips for sleeves beautfifully conjuring up Janis' vocals. And the other
singer Sopia dressed in almost painted on pyscheldelic halter string long
peacock blue dress & afro.
1700 thousand folks are reliving a dream time gone by
when "My Generation" was rebellinng against the establishment,
nuclear war, Vietnam, the draft and hopas Richie Havens came out and just
began singing what first came to his mind, "Freedom."
Be Back In A FLASH!
Crowd as StarSpangled Banner is played
Big Brother & The Holding Company, Sam Andrews, Superfly(From
Japan) James Gurley