Art Rock Show – Woodstock Special (Week 30)

Woodstock vond plaats op een weiland in de staat New York en kreeg veel meer bezoekers dan verwacht. En ondanks de regen, het gebrek aan eten en de ontzettend slechte organisatie werd Woodstock het succesvolste rockfestival ooit en werd het symbool voor de tegencultuur en het hippietijdperk.

Een mooi stukje van Robert Hilburn van de LA Times (juni 1989): “The talent lineup at Woodstock was also remarkable: Hendrix, Joplin, the Who, the Grateful Dead–among others from Monterey–plus Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly & the Family Stone, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, among others.

But the real star of Woodstock was the audience: the estimated 350,000 to 700,000 people whose odyssey 20 years ago became one of the 20th Century’s most dramatic and widely celebrated symbols of social change. The colorfully garbed hippies and the far larger, sympathetic legion of young people who shared some of the hippie idealism were no longer some wayward fringe; they were the new voice of young America. (…)

Even more important than the film, most observers agree, was the message being sent out by FM radio stations, which began playing the “underground” sounds that had long been ignored by AM stations.

Radio programmers recognized the increased audience potential right away and lost no time in going after that audience. “Pretty soon, everyone–agents, managers–saw there were opportunities and that meant larger arenas were going to be needed to house them,” Friesen said. “The coliseums suddenly became the new rock ‘n’ roll auditorium. There wouldn’t have been a Live Aid without a Woodstock.”

Woodstock changed the progressive rock format from an experiment to a boom.

“Woodstock was a major, if not the major event that publicized and legitimized the size of the audience for this kind of music,” Shaw says. “Once we could make advertisers realize the connection between the thousands of bodies up on that farm and the audience that was listening to this progressive rock, the whole FM picture changed.”

But this new interest meant changes in the original, free-form “underground” concept that first characterized FM rock stations. The stations were pumping big bucks into these new formats, so they wanted results. (…)

“A lot of people may have gotten drunk and maybe gotten stoned at Woodstock, but so many people in that era also really hoped for a better future on this planet,” Graham said. “I was one of them. I still have that hope, but I don’t think it’s gonna happen because this is now survival time. The majority of young people now go to a rock ‘n’ roll show to be entertained. They don’t go to partake in some social discussion. . . .”

Lou Adler too, briefly withdrew from the rock business after Woodstock, only to eventually re-enter it. Like Graham, he misses the days when radio formats were less regimented and there was more room for experimentation in music.

“After Woodstock, it was like our business came of age,” Adler said. “I guess I just sometimes would have rather had it remain a teen-ager.”

Part 1 – Deel 1: Woodstock Live: SweetwaterCreedence Clearwater RevivalJefferson AirplaneSantanaThe WhoJimi Hendrix
Part 2 – Deel 2: Albums 1969: Electric Ladyland – Jimi Hendrix, Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears, Tommy – The Who & Santana – Santana.

  • Thursday/Donderdag 12.00 – 24.00
  • Friday/Vrijdag 12.00 – 24.00
  • Saturday/Zaterdag 12.00 – 18.00
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