They Played Woodstock. It Changed Their Lives.

David Crosby, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

“Here were all these people behaving differently. They were doing something differently. They didn’t hurt each other. It’s such a stunning thing that it’s hard to wrap your head around. But it’s real. I’ll stick up for it. I will embarrass myself and be a hippie and say, yes, there was something completely different going on for a second.”

Edgar Winter

“Quite honestly, Woodstock literally changed my life. At the time I was more interested in jazz and classical music. My heroes were Bird and Trane and Miles. I wasn’t an actual member of Johnny’s band at that time; I was sort of a special guest. And after that performance, just everything shifted for me. I realized that it wasn’t my personal world, that music really had the power and the ability to reach out and bring people together. It just caused me to realize and re-evaluate everything.”

Robin Williamson, the Incredible String Band

“Once we landed there, the prevailing atmosphere was just so optimistic that it’s impossible really to convey the sense of innocence and optimism that that event had. At the time, I genuinely thought that the world had come to a kind of pivotal point and that things were going to get better. I really thought that things like money would become obsolete and war would become historical. Of course none of these things happened, but I mean it seemed that way at the time.”

John Sebastian

“Remember, I had been working for audiences of approximately 200 to 300 people, so yeah, it was a little disconcerting. But also, I can’t fake this. This is my job and it is for all of those other people who had had difficult afternoons. And we shouldn’t make a big fuss over it because, what are you going to do? You’re going to play your set and try to sing your songs and get off the stage without too many tomatoes.”

John “Jocko” Marcellino, Sha Na Na

“We got $350 to do the show and that check bounced. But we got a dollar to be in the movie, which is a very valuable dollar because we were an unknown act and now we’re in the biggest rockumentary ever.”

Source link