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Woodstock at 40: A Long, Strange Trip

With all the off-stage antics — free love, full frontal, mud baths — it’s easy to forget that Woodstock was first and foremost a concert.

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Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead

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Still Truckin’: For all the Woodstock acts that have disbanded (Sweetwater, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band) or died (see “Forever Young”) in the last 40 years, there are plenty who are still active if not completely intact. Consider John Sebastian, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Melanie, Santana and Richie Havens, all of whom still tour. Mountain’s Leslie West and Corky Laing continue to perform together, as does Blood, Sweat & Tears, which has seen some turnover since ’69. The remaining members of The Grateful Dead just wrapped their 2009 tour, while Crosby, Stills & Nash are in the midst of one.

Sleeper Hits: Creedence Clearwater Revival drew the short slot following the Grateful Dead’s drowsy performance. They played for a mostly unconscious crowd on Saturday, much to the dismay of the notoriously difficult John Fogerty. Jefferson Airplane took the early shift — 6 a.m. on Sunday — waking the audience with what Grace Slick called “morning maniac music.”

 

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