It takes a special level of cool to be considered the unofficial theme song for the “Woodstock Generation” and to be largely featured in the 1970 documentary about the infamous music festival. That award goes to the blues band, Canned Heat.
On that hot August day, the blues rock band took the stage as one of the festival’s headlining acts and performed hits like “Going Up the Country ” which many believe contained lyrics about the Vietnam War. The performance by bassist Larry Taylor (pictured here) and his bandmates made them international rock legends.
Though guitarist Carlos Santana is known for his legendary guitar skills, he wasn’t the only renowned guitarist performing on that stage that afternoon at the 1969 Woodstock music festival. In addition to his fellow Santana bandmates, guitarist David Brown helped the band play their biggest hits including “Soul Sacrifice” and “Evil Ways.”
The coverage the band received resulted in international fame and countless chart-topping hits and awards. Unfortunately, just a few years after this photo was taken, Brown decided to leave the band before returning once more in 1974.
Woman’s Best Friend
While there was no shortage of partying and all sorts of wild and unconventional behavior taking place at the 1969 Woodstock music festival, some of the attendees took part in some pretty mundane activities as well.
This picture shows a woman taking her majestic-looking dog for a walk across the area where the concert was held. Her dog is a unique and generally less-common breed of dog known as a Borzoi or a Russian Hunting Sighthound. We wonder if they met any other four-legged friends on their walk.
A More Romantic Side to Woodstock
Though the Woodstock music festival was full of young attendees hoping to meet a significant other who also believed in the “free love” ethos of the event, there were also many couples who went to the festival together like this pair shown here.
The stylish pair were photographed sitting close to the festival’s “free stage area” — a place where attendees could take part in open mic sessions or just watch. Though this photo was taken decades ago, some of their clothing items or accessories are still in style today.
Taking a Peek
Like many concerts or festivals, the 1969 Woodstock festival originally began as a way to make a profit while putting on a great show. However, plans quickly changed when the festival's organizers realized that both the ticket booths and the fences that were supposed to have been erected on the site hadn’t been completed.
Attempts at holding back eager attendees behind chain-link fences quickly failed and the organizers embraced the now-free music and cultural event. This wooden fence that fans are holding onto was probably erected to protect the cameras used to film the event.