Original air August 19, 2023 | Time 58:00
It's time to consider the impact of the Woodstock festival on our culture and the music that was created 54 years ago in 1969.
Who performed at Woodstock and is still alive and recording?
Joan Baez released "Whistle Down the Wind" in 2018 and we hear the title track, written by Tom Waits and "The Things That We are Made Of", by Mary Chapin Carpenter. Joan's voice is immediately recognizable even at 82 years old. "I Wish All Wars Were Over" recalls the earliest music Joan sang, a folk song that sounds like the British isles. She was 6 months pregnant when she sang at the Woodstock festival, at midnight on Friday, barefoot. She sang 14 songs that night.
The next day on Sat afternoon at 2pm Santana took the stage. Carlos just released stunning new recordings on "Blessings and Miracles" in Oct 2021. The energy is electric and this master of guitar brings Latin rock to it's peak. Born July 20, 1947, Carlos Santana is a vibrant 76 years old.
John Sebastian took the Woodstock stage right after Santana. John wasn't even on the program and was just visiting the festival when he was invited to perform solo voice and guitar. They needed time for the next bands to arrive. He's still a magical singer and in 2021 released "John Sebastian and Arlen Roth Explore the Spoonful Songbook". John was the lead singer and songwriter for the Lovin' Spoonful in the 60s and 70s. He delivers beautifully on this new recording and we hear "Darling Be Home Soon" and "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind".
The Band played at Woodstock on the last night, Sunday at 10pm with Robbie Robertson on vocals and guitar. Robbie was Bob Dylan's lead guitarist in the 60s and 70s before joining The Band. He wrote timeless songs "The Weight", The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Up on Cripple Creak" and so many more. The son of a Native American mother of Cayuga and Mohawk tribes, he celebrates Native American rhythms and culture in his solo recordings. He released his final studio album "Sinematic" in Sept 2019. He was 80 years old when he passed away on August 9, 2023. He worked on this final recording for five years and it's a masterpiece, you can hear the Indian rhythms and ideas so clearly, even as it's also timeless rock n' roll, always sounding fresh. He collaborates with Van Morrison on the song "I Hear You Paint Houses". We also hear "Once Were Brothers" and "Street Serennade".