Billed as “3 Days of Peace & Music” at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre farm in Bethel, New York, Woodstock began August 15, 1969 and lasted until the morning of August 18 with performances by some of the era’s biggest and best musicians: Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly & the Family Stone, Ravi Shankar, and many others. The festival spawned an Oscar®-winning documentary, a No. 1 soundtrack, a song by Joni Mitchell, countless books, tributes, and other music festivals.
WLIW21 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock festival — the pinnacle of hippie counterculture and, arguably, the greatest popular music event ever — with a new three-hour special, premiering Wednesday, August 12 at 8 p.m. Woodstock Remembered features a look back at this music milestone through new interviews with people who attended the landmark event: fans like Colleen Plimpton, who was famously photographed by Newsweek exiting the festival covered in mud with her boyfriend; Woodstock Revisited author Susan Reynolds; and Louis Salvatore Denaro, a 7-year-old with his parents on the way to a Catskills weekend retreat suddenly surrounded by hippies and chaos! Preview video now! These memories and notable concert performances from Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Levon Helm (The Band), Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, and others, capture the spirit of Woodstock at 40.
Official Woodstock staff photographer Henry Diltz will be live in the WLIW21 studio during the broadcast with his unique perspective on the festival. Arriving in Bethel two weeks before the festival, Diltz was perched on the stage during the entire three-day festival, around the clock, and captured some of the most iconic images of the rock n’ roll era. He only took occasional quick naps in a rented station wagon parked behind the stage. Diltz will share his photographs and memories from the festival, including one of the most profound moments of his life: Hendrix’s “Star Spangled Banner” festival finale.
Rock and roll all night or set your DVR for:
Levon Helm’s Ramble at the Ryman
Since 2004, Levon Helm has hosted evenings of music at his home studio in Woodstock, New York that have come to be known as “The Midnight Ramble.” In September 2008, Levon Helm took the show on the road to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with special guests, including Buddy Miller and Sheryl Crow. Check out “The Weight”:
The Who at Kilburn 1977
Late night Wednesday, August 12 at 1 a.m. and Saturday, August 15 at 2:30 a.m.
The Kids Are Alright filmmaker Jeff Stein captured The Who’s legendary 1977 concert at Kilburn, which turned out to be Keith Moon’s penultimate performance—and remained unreleased until 2008. Check out “Can’t Explain” and “Substitute”:
Fillmore: The Last Days
Late night Wednesday, August 12 at 2:30 a.m. and Saturday, August 15 at 4 a.m.
In 1971, to insure the Fillmore West was sent off in a blaze of glory, Bill Graham scheduled five nights of concerts from notable San Francisco Sound acts that got their start at the storied concert hall. Performances include Grateful Dead, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Check out this preview featuring Lamb and Cold Blood: