If given the impossible choice, who is the one musical hero you would choose to see perform, dead or alive? Some would no doubt opt to be hurled into a state of psychedelia by Jimi Hendrix and his funk fueled guitar. Others would choose to see The Who mastering the use of synthesisers way ahead of their time. Some long to see Queen of rock Janis Joplin deliver an emotional display of rhythmic blues, while others would give anything to dance among the Deadheads to the heavenly music of the Grateful Dead.
Imagine seeing all of the aforementioned, in the same place at the same time, at a gig so successful that inevitably, after the 400,000 attendees swarmed through the cracks of Bethel’s dairy farm, became an infamous ‘free of charge’ musical nexus in the prime of 1960’s hippie heaven. A counter culture brought to life by drug addled music lovers, lost in a peaceful gathering of conscious togetherness.
Exactly 48 years ago to this very day, Woodstock was born, a definitive milestone of the counterculture generation that would later be listed by the Rolling Stone as ‘One of The 50 Moments that Changed The History of Rock and Roll.‘ Three days (turned four, due to popular demand) of peace, love & music, headlined by some of the best in the business with lasting influence today.
A symbol of Utopia in the forgotten age of innocence, Woodstock absolutely rocked the world. If given the impossible choice, who is the one musical hero you would choose to see perform, dead or alive? I don’t know who, but I definitely know where. ❤️