Festival di Woodstock (1969): storia

Il festival di Woodstock fu una masifestazione che ebbe luogo dal 15 al 18 agosto del 1969, la sua risonanza fu mondiale, perchè mai i suoi organizzatori, Michael Lang, John P. Roberts, Joel Rosenman e Artie Kornfeld, avrebbero immaginato tanto successo e così tante adesioni. Tutto iniziò da un semplice annuncio sul giornale, pubblicato da Roberts e Rosenman, che citava più o meno così: “Uomini giovani con capitale illimitato cercano interessanti opportunità, legali, di investimento e proposte d’affari”, Lang e Kornfeld li contattarono con la proposta di creare uno studio di registrazione nel villaggio di Woodstock, nella contea di Ulster dello stato di New York. La proposta dello studio di registrazione si modificò ben presto nell’ambizioso progetto di organizzare un mega festival musicale e artistico che avrebbe dovuto accogliere circa 50.000 persone. La location era già stata scelta, ma  il concerto fu definitivamente vietato, in seguito all’opposizione degli abitanti che non voleva un “gruppo di drogati” sul luogo. La location definitiva fu quindi, Bethel, della contea di Sullivan, una cittadina rurale 69 km a sud-ovest di Woodstock. Il  festival di Woodstock, nato come “An Aquarian Exposition” radunò oltre 500.000 persone e artisti del calibro di Jimmy Handrix.

Festival di Woodstock (1969): scaletta

Sebbene gli organizzatori non si aspettassero una tale adesione (più di 500.000 persone), dalla vendita dei biglietti avevano intuito che le previsioni sarebbero state oltre il previsto, quindi si erano adoperati per trovare una location abbastanza grande, ma ciò non impedì la generazione di disagi di ordine pubblico, causati da orde di giovani che già il giorno prima si erano accampati nel grande prato, mentre altri avevano abbandonato le auto per strada, tanto che per far spostare gli artisti dall’hotel al parco, fu noleggiato un aereo.  Il festival iniziò ufficialmente Venerdì 15 agosto, intorno alle 17, quando Richie Havens salì sul palco e decretando ufficialmente l’esordio della rassegna più importante della storia della musica rock. Vediamo di seguito la scaletta delle 4 giornate:

Scaletta 15 agosto: 

Richie Havens

  • High Flyin’ Bird
  • I Can’t Make It Any More
  • With a Little Help from My Friends
  • Strawberry Fields Forever
  • Hey Jude
  • I Had a Woman
  • Handsome Johnny
  • Freedom

Swami Satchidananda

  • Invocazione per il festival


  • Motherless Child
  • Look Out
  • For Pete’s Sake
  • What’s Wrong
  • Crystal Spider
  • Two Worlds
  • Why Oh Why
  • Let the Sunshine In
  • Oh Happy Day
  • Day Song

Country Joe McDonald

  • Janis
  • Rockin’ All Around the World
  • Flyin’ High All Over the World
  • Seen a Rocket Flyin’
  • The “Fish” Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag

John Sebastian

  • How Have You Been
  • Rainbows all Over Your Blues
  • I Had a Dream
  • Darlin’ Be Home Soon
  • Younger Generation


  • What’s Wrong
  • Motherless Child
  • Look Out
  • For Pete’s sake
  • Day Song
  • My Crystal Spider
  • Two Worlds
  • Why Oh Why

The Incredible String Band

  • Invocation
  • The Letter
  • This Moment
  • When You Find Out Who You Are

Bert Sommer

  • Jennifer
  • The Road to Travel
  • I Wondered Where You Be
  • She’s Gone
  • Things Are Going My Way
  • And When It’s Over
  • Jeanette
  • America
  • A Note That Read
  • Smile

Tim Hardin

  • If I Were a Carpenter
  • Misty Roses

Ravi Shankar

  • Raga puriya-dhanashri/Gat in sawarital
  • Tabla solo in jhaptal
  • Raga manj khamaj
  • Iap jor
  • Dhun in kaharwa tal

Melanie Safka

  • Beautiful People
  • Birthday of the Sun

Arlo Guthrie

  • Coming into Los Angeles
  • Walking Down the Line
  • Amazing Grace

Joan Baez

  • Oh Happy Day
  • The Last Thing on My Mind
  • I Shall Be Released
  • Joe Hill
  • Sweet Sir Galahad
  • Hickory Wind
  • Drugstore Truck Driving Man
  • I Live One Day at a Time
  • Sweet Sunny South
  • Warm and Tender Love
  • Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  • We Shall Overcome

Scaletta 16 agosto: 


  • They Live the Life
  • BBY
  • Waitin’ for You
  • Jam

Keef Hartley Band

  • Spanish Fly
  • Believe in You
  • Rock Me Baby
  • Medley
  • Leavin’ Trunk
  • Halfbreed
  • Just to Cry
  • Sinnin’ for You


  • Waiting
  • You Just Don’t Care
  • Savior
  • Jingo
  • Persuasion
  • Evil Ways
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Fried Neckbones

Canned Heat

  • A Change Is Gonna Come/Leaving This Town
  • Going Up the Country
  • Let’s Work Together
  • Woodstock Boogie


  • Blood of the Sun
  • Stormy Monday
  • Long Red
  • Who am I But You and the Sun
  • Beside the Sea
  • For Yasgur’s Farm
  • You and Me
  • Theme For an Imaginary Western
  • Waiting to Take You Away
  • Dreams of Milk and Honey
  • Blind Man
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Southbound Train

Janis Joplin & The Kozmic Blues Band

  • Raise Your Hand
  • As Good as You’ve Been to This World
  • To Love Somebody
  • Summertime
  • Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
  • Kozmic Blues
  • Can’t Turn You Loose
  • Work Me Lord
  • Piece of My Heart (con bis)
  • Ball and Chain (con bis)

Sly & the Family Stone

  • Chip Monck intro/M’lady
  • Sing a Simple Song
  • You Can Make It if You Try
  • Everyday People
  • Dance to the Music
  • I Want to Take you Higher
  • Love City
  • Stand!

Grateful Dead

  • St. Stephen
  • Mama Tried
  • Dark Star/High Time
  • Turn on Your Love Light

Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • Born on the Bayou
  • Green River
  • Ninety-nine and a Half (Won’t do)
  • Commotion
  • Bootleg
  • Bad Moon Rising
  • Proud Mary
  • I Put a Spell on You
  • Night Time is the Right Time
  • Keep on Choogin’
  • Suzy Q

The Who

  • Heaven and Hell
  • I Can’t Explain
  • It’s a Boy
  • 1921
  • Amazing Journey
  • Sparks
  • Eyesight to the Blind
  • Christmas
  • Tommy Can You Hear Me?
  • Acid Queen
  • Pinball Wizard
  • Do You Think It’s Alright?
  • Fiddle About
  • There’s a Doctor
  • Go to the Mirror
  • Smash the Mirror
  • I’m Free
  • Tommy’s Holiday Camp
  • We’re Not Gonna Take It
  • See Me, Feel Me
  • Summertime Blues
  • Shakin’ all Over
  • My Generation
  • Naked Eye

Jefferson Airplane

  • Introduction
  • The Other Side of This Life
  • Somebody to Love
  • 3/5 Of a Mile in 10 Seconds
  • Won’t You Try / Saturday Afternoon
  • Eskimo Blue Day
  • Plastic Fantastic Lover
  • Wooden Ships
  • Uncle Sam Blues
  • Volunteers
  • The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil
  • Come Back Baby
  • White Rabbit
  • The House at Pooneil Corners

Scaletta 17 e 18 agosto 

The Grease Band

  • brani strumentali

Joe Cocker

  • Dear Landlord
  • Something Comin’ On
  • Do I Still Figure in Your Life
  • Feelin’ alright
  • Just Like a Woman
  • Let’s Go Get Stoned
  • I Don’t Need a Doctor
  • I Shall Be Released
  • With a Little Help from My Friends

Country Joe and the Fish

  • Rock and Soul Music
  • Thing Called Love
  • Love Machine
  • The “Fish” Cheer/I-feel-like-I’m-fixin’-to-die rag
  • Not so Sweet Martha Lorraine

Ten Years After

  • Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  • I Can’t Keep from Crying Sometimes
  • I May Be Wrong, But I Won’t Be Wrong Always
  • Hear Me Calling
  • I’m Going Home

The Band

  • Chest Fever
  • Tears of Rage
  • We Can Talk
  • Don’t You Tell Henry
  • Don’t Do It
  • Ain’t No More Cane
  • Long Black Veil
  • This Wheel’s on Fire
  • I Shall Be Released
  • The Weight
  • Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

Blood, Sweat & Tears

  • More and More
  • I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
  • Spinning Wheel
  • I Stand Accused
  • Something Comin’ on

Johnny Winter

  • Mama, Talk to Your Daughter
  • To Tell the Truth
  • Johnny B. Goode
  • Six Feet in the Ground
  • Leland Mississippi Blues/Rock Me Baby
  • Mean Mistreater
  • I Can’t Stand It (fu accompagnato dal fratello, Edgar Winter)
  • Tobacco Road (con Edgar Winter)
  • Mean Town Blues

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Esibizione acustica

  • Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
  • Blackbird
  • Helplessly Hoping
  • Guinnevere
  • Marrakesh Express
  • 4 + 20
  • Mr. Soul
  • Wonderin’
  • You Don’t Have to Cry
  • Pre-Road Downs
  • Long Time Gone
  • Bluebird
  • Sea of Madness
  • Wooden Ships
  • Find the Cost of Freedom
  • 49 Bye-Byes

Paul Butterfield Blues Band

  • Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
  • Driftin’
  • Born Under a Bad Sign
  • Morning Sunrise
  • Love March
  • Rumpis Cumpis


  • Na-Na Theme
  • Jakety Yak
  • Teen Angel
  • Jailhouse Rock
  • Wipe Out
  • Who Wrote the Book of Love
  • Duke of Earl
  • At the Hop
  • Na-Na Theme

Jimi Hendrix

  • Message to Love
  • Hear My Train A Comin’
  • Spanish Castle Magic
  • Red House
  • Mastermind
  • Lover Man
  • Foxy Lady
  • Jam Back at the House
  • Izabella
  • Gypsy Woman / Aware of Love
  • Fire
  • Voodoo Child (Slight Return) / Stepping Stone
  • The Star-Spangled Banner
  • Purple Haze
  • Woodstock Improvisation / Villanova Junction
  • Hey Joe