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Woodstock Video??

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by MikeyFingers, Feb 1, 2006.


  1. I'm watching a video of Jimi Hendrix playing at Woodstock right now, a friend of mine just sent it to me and I had no idea that it even existed.
    Now I'm on the hunt. This video comes in right at the END of Voodoo Child and plays straight through the Star Spangled Banner, Purple Haze, and a great improv solo.
    The fact that it starts at the end of a song tells me that there is in fact video footage of at least SOME of the rest of the concert.
    I've seen a documentary on Woodstock on TV before, but is there a DVD or video or something, ANYTHING, that just focuses on the music?? Please tell me there is, I'd do anthing to SEE the rest of this concert. Judging by the quality and production value of this video, I'm sure there's more to it. It's not just a bootleg or anything low-budget like that.

    Besides my love for the music, my dad was in the crowd for this show and I wanna see if I can find him:)
     
  2. The entire event was filmed. The movie was released with the title of "Woodstock."

    A lot of things and bands were edited out of the released movie. Including the entire Grateful Dead's set. My understanding is the Dead will NEVER allow that footage to be seen, it's that bad.
     
  3. So you're saying that if I get the Woodstock DVD, I can just watch the concert and skip all the talking and stuff in between? I'm looking for as much music as possible, how much of it was cut from the DVD?
    You mean the Dead just played poorly, or they just don't want it released?
     
  4. I don't think there is JUST concert footage. So you are aware of the documentary. Did you see the Dick Cavett footage that was released last year?

    The Dead had some crazy electrical problems and were getting the living daylights shocked out of them while they were playing. I heard Bob Weir got a blue lightning bolt zap that knocked him on his behind. For a band that prided themselves in allowing everyone to freely trade every concert, I assume it must've been THAT bad.
     
  5. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    The first third of the movie deals with putting the event
    together.

    The second 2/3rds are the band performances. There were
    some very bad as well as very good performances.

    CSN, Sly and the Family Stone and Ten Years After
    are not to be missed. Hendrix had a good show, but he insisted on
    closing the show, and since it was Monday Morning, a lot of m
    people had left. Arlo Guthrie had an excellent performance as well.

    There is also a second VHS, my local library has it, called
    'Woodstock: The Lost Performances' which features additional
    footage. John Sebastian and Melanie can be skipped.
    There is fine footage from Canned Heat, CSN, Paul Butterfield
    Blues Band with Elvin Bishop, and another Arlo, he was on that night. Sly does 'Love City' and rips it up all over the
    stage. Loved his horn players, great rhythm section as
    well.

    A fine addition to your collection.
     
  6. Wow, I never heard about the Dead's trouble. I'm gonna have to ask my dad if he happened to see that part. Thanks for the info man, I'm just gonna have to get the DVD. If that's the best I can get, I'll deal with it.
     
  7. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    There is also a book about the business side of it.
    Very interesting.

    The Who wouldn't play unless they got paid cash on the spot.
    The promoter did get it for them. So did the Dead.

    The Dead took the 'Brown Acid' I've heard, and I don't think
    the show was very pretty. Chip Monk announced people
    ought to take a pass on that one. Too bad Garcia et al
    didn't hear that blurbe. In their defense, not releasing that footage EVER was wise. (Where do I get it???)
     
  8. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    If he took the 'Brown Acid', he may not have noticed.
    But he may not 'fess up on that one.
     
  9. zombywoof5050

    zombywoof5050

    Dec 20, 2001
    You sure you're not talking about CCR? I know CCR (or maybe just John Fogerty?) felt that way, and that's why there is no video or audio released of their performance at Woodstock.
     
  10. I am for sure it was the Grateful Dead.

    It's odd about CCR, they had it completely going on in 1969. Three smash albums and a bunch of huge singles.
     
  11. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Fogerty mentions Woodstock in his Premonition album.
    GREAT album, btw, Bob Glaub and Kenny Aronoff just kill
    on the rhythm section of that recording.
    Anyway, it took many years for Fogerty to regain legal
    control of his music, having signed it all away at 18 or so.

    Want a detailed version of what happened at Woodstock?

    3 Days of Peace and Music.
     
  12. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:
    My brother went to Woodstock.
    He said Mountian, gave one of the best sets of the show.
    And It never made it to film.
     
  13. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Neither did:

    Incredible String Band
    Ravi Shankar
    Bert Sommer
    Sweetwater
    Quill
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Jefferson Airplane
    Grateful Dead
    Keef Hartley Band
    Blood, Sweat and Tears
    Johnny Winter
    Sha-Na-Na

    Elliot Tiber notes in his newspaper article referenced
    above that they had a serious shortage of film.