The Woodstock FestivalThe Woodstock Festival

1. Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock”: Joni Mitchell wrote a song called “Woodstock” from the experiences described to her by her then-boyfriend Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. She was originally going to play Woodstock but cancelled by the urging of her manager to play The Dick Cavett Show.

2. Jimi Hendrix’s Spectacular Performance: On August 18, 1969, the last day of the festival, there were only about 35,000 people left in the audience. Jimi Hendrix wowed the crowd by performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” that was described as “the single greatest moment of the Sixties”.

3. Joe Cocker’s Amazing Performance: Another great highlight of the festival came from Joe Cocker with his soulful rendition of The Beatles’ song “With A Little Help From My Friends”.

4. The Jeff Beck Group Breaks Up: On the eve before The Woodstock Festival began, The Jeff Beck Group suddenly disbanded. “I deliberately broke the group up before Woodstock.” Beck said. “I didn’t want it to be preserved”.

5. Bob Dylan and The Band: Although Bob Dylan was one of the inspirations for the Woodstock, he was unable to perform because his son had been hospitalized. However, his backing band, The Band, were able to play a great show without him.

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