Joni Mitchell did not attend WOODSTOCK. Her agent DAVID GEFFEN in his ultimate wisdom thought it would be best for her to remain in the CHELSEA HOTEL in Manhattan resting up for her appearance on the DICK CAVETT television show the following Monday night. The afternoon of the Cavett taping, surprise, many of her friends, those who performed during the legendary weekend arrived to sit in on the taping.They were David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Jefferson Airplane.

In the months and years that followed the giant festival, it would be the “Woodstock” song that Joni Mitchell had written about the gathering which she composed on the basis of reports from her then boyfriend Graham Nash, plus what she saw on television.

I didn’t go to Woodstock, thought about it and planned to go with 3 friends but decided against it at the last minute. I never regretted giving the tickets away. No doubt the music was amazing but I enjoy the modern convinces of food, bath, etc. Festivals are not made for me, or me for them. I’d much rather be in a small club seeing a few bands then be in a large, muddy field hearing (might not be seeing) many, many groups. However, The WOODSTOCK MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL was a pivotal moment in history circa 1969.

As a historian I studied who played and when they played, what they played, how much they were paid, the weather they played in, the traffic problems in getting the artists to the stage,as well as the hundreds of filed news reports which later documented the financial dilemma of the festival ,and ultimately,information regarding the movie. So here goes, whether you want it or not…

Originally the promoters established a cap set at $15,000 per artist (band) to perform, except Hendrix ($18,000) which was a story unto itself.

After being denied permits for the original site (Wallkill, NY), which was near WOODSTOCK (hence the name)  the promoters of the festival found a good soul of a farmer located in BETHEL (White Lake),NEW YORK (43 miles away from original site) named MAX YASGUR who received $10,000 to lease the land (damage estimate to his fields was over $50,000).

Ticket prices were advertised as $6.00 a day (single day tickets) or $18.00 for the entire weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Prior to the event 186,000 tickets were (reportedly) sold. (My math: tix sales $3,348,000…band fees $139,825)

Looking years hence, one “bargain” group for the festival would be SANTANA, paid a measly $750.00 as they were unknown act managed by Bill Graham. And then there was IRON BUTTERFLY for not showing up to collect a $10,000 fee, which was a hefty price to pay a band on a sharp decline. The WOODSTOCK movie would have been 4 hours longer if IB showed up and played IN A GADDA DA VIDA.

The first band to agree to perform, and given a hefty fee ($10,000) as well as being offered a prime spot in the line up, was CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL. Until that agreement the promoters found it difficult to find any band to perform. Once CCR was announced the other “big named” acts signed up. A note of importance: CCR under the leadership of John Fogerty refused to be taped for the movie and Fogerty bitched about the GRATEFUL DEAD “putting the crowd to sleep” prior to CCR hitting the stage.

Friday Aug.15th- THE LINEUP

Richie Havens 5:07 pm – 7:00 pm

Swami Satch 7:10 pm – 7:20 pm

Sweetwater 7:30 pm – 8:10 pm

Bert Sommer 8:20 pm – 9:15 pm

Tim Hardin 9:20 pm – 9:45 pm

Ravi Shankar 10:00 pm – 10:35 pm

Melanie 10:50 pm – 11:20 pm

Arlo Guthrie 11:55 pm – 12:25 am

Joan Baez 12:55 am – 2:00 am

Richie Havens ($6000) 5:07-7:00PM

Richie Havens opened the festival with a rousing performance. He was asked to continue playing by the promoters as other acts were delayed due to the traffic problems, the roads leading into the small upstate New York town and the major highway feeding it were at a virtual standstill. Knowing he had run out of tunes, Havens improvised a tune he called “FREEDOM” which is actually an old spiritual known as “MOTHERLESS CHILD”.

From The Prison

Let’s Get Together

From The Prison (reprise)

Minstrel from Gault

I’m A Stranger Here

High Flying Bird

I Can’t Make It Anymore

With A Little Help From My Friends

Handsome Johnny

Strawberry Fields Forever/Hey Jude

Freedom (Motherless Child)

Next up was SWAMI SATCHIDANANDA (7:10-7:20PM) who offered his blessing to the masses in the audience.

SWEETWATER ($1,250) (7:30-8:10) Actually Sweetwater was scheduled to open the festival but were stuck in traffic and had the pleasure of an additional stop requested by NYS Troopers. These conditions slowed their arrival to be the first ACT to perform but they were the first BAND to play and what do they open with one might ask:


Motherless Child.

Look Out

For Pete’s Sake

Day Song

What’s Wrong

Crystal Spider

Two Worlds

Why Oh Why

Let The Sun Shine In (from Hair)

Oh Happy Day

BERT SOMMER (fee unknown)was “the hair” from the Broadway play HAIR. Bret was once a member of THE LEFT BANKE before landing on The Great White Way . He penned a few tunes for The Vagrants (Leslie West’s band of old). Bret on his own( with a few side men) offered a ten song set.(8:20-9:15)


The Road To Travel

I Wondered Where You’d Be

She’s Gone

Things Are Going My Way

And When It’s Over


America (Simon Garfunkel tune)

A Note That Read


TIM HARDEN: ($2000) 9:20- 9:45 plays a very short set. As short as it was it was a great set of tunes. Mr. Harden was overwhelmed, reportedly due to his heroin addiction and his fear of performing, after seeing the massive crowd out front.

(How Can We) Hang on to a Dream


If I Were a Carpenter

Reason to Believe

You Upset the Grace of Living When You Lie

Speak Like a Child

Snow White Lady

Blues on My Ceiling

Simple Song of Freedom

Misty Roses

RAVI SHAKAR ($4,500) played for about a half hour (10:00- 10-35) and I can’t really spell the ragas he played but he played three.

MELANIE: ($750)  plays at 10:50-11:20 in place of THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND who refused to play in the rain. Hmmmm, strange, an acoustic ensemble afraid of the water. So MELANIE steps up and offers the following set list:

Close to It All

Momma Momma

Beautiful People

Animal Crackers

Mr. Tambourine Man

Tuning My Guitar

Birthday of the Sun

ARLO GUTHRIE:($5000)11:55- 12:25AM

Coming into Los Angeles

Wheel of Fortune

Walking Down the Line

Arlo Speech: Exodus

Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep

Every Hand in the Land

Amazing Grace

JOAN BAEZ: A pregnant Joan Baez was paid $10,000 bucks to close out  Day 1 aka The Folk Segment.

Oh Happy Day

The Last Thing On My Mind

I Shall Be Released

Story about how the Federal Marshals came to take David Harris into custody

Joe Hill

Sweet Sir Galahad

Hickory Wind

Drug Store Truck Driving Man

I Live One Day at a Time

Take Me Back to the Sweet Sunny South

Let Me Wrap You in My Warm and Tender Love

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

We Shall Overcome

Saturday Aug. 16th  DAY TWO SCHEDULE

Quill 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Country Joe McDonald 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Santana 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

John Sebastian 3:30 pm – 3:55 pm

Keef Hartley Band 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Incredible String Band 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Canned Heat 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Mountain 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Grateful Dead 10:30 pm – 12:05 am

Creedence 12:30 am – 1:20 am

Janis Joplin 2:00 am – 3:00 am

Sly & Family Stone 3:30 am – 4:20 am

The Who 5:00 am – 6:05 am

Jefferson Airplane 8:00 am – 9:40 am

QUILL (12:15- 12:45)

They Live the Life

That’s How I Eat


Waitin’ for You

COUNTRY JOE McDONALD – solo (1:00- 1:30PM)


Donovan’s Reef

Heartaches by the Number

Ring of Fire

Tennessee Stud

Rockin’ Round the World

Flying All the Way

Seen a Rocket

“Fish” Cheer / I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag

SANTANA ($750) 2:00- 2:45PM


Evil Ways

You Just Don’t Care




Soul Sacrifice

Fried Neckbones And Some Home Fries

JOHN SEBASTIAN ($1000) 3:30- 3:55PM

John Sebastian was there as a spectator, one allowed to pitch a tent in the backstage area. When the managers realized they had a huge time lapse after SANTANA they asked Sebastian if he would sing a few ,offering to pay him $1000.00  Before that moment he had no intention of performing but said okay. With no true (rehearsed) set list and a BORROWED guitar he hit the stage, loaded as all get out in his tie dyed outfit. One thousand bucks for a five song 25 minute set. Not too shabby, and a great way (after the movie) to revitalize his career.

How Have You Been

Rainbows All Over Your Blues

I Had A Dream

Darlin’ Be Home Soon

Younger Generation

KEEF HARTLEY BAND: (4:45-5:30) ($500.00)

The first question most ask is: WHO?. KEEF Hartley was a drummer of some renown having taken the drum throne in RORY AND THE HURRICANES when RICHARD STARKEY  aka RINGO STARR left for greener pastures. KEEF later joined forces with JOHN MAYALL playing drums on Mayall’s solo endeavor THE BLUES ALONE.  At Woodstock , their FIRST American gig, KHB performed as a Big Band complete with horns, ala Blood Sweat and Tears.

Spanish Fly

Think It Over

She’s Gone

Too Much Thinking

The Halfbred

Believe In You

Rock Me Baby

Medley: Sinnin’ For You, et al.

THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND (6:00-6:30)($2250.00) Imagine you are the acoustic ISB at Woodstock,it’s late Saturday afternoon and you are called upon to perform for a crowd that is in PARTY mode. Good luck, especially since you refused to play Friday night in the rain.Karma is a bitch.

Invocation (Spoken Word)

The Letter

Gather Round

This Moment

Come With Me

When You Find Out Who You Are

It’s early Saturday evening and everybody is here. It’s time to BOOGIE. Hey, after The Incredible String Band you could get thunderous applause for tuning up for an hour and get the crowd going.

CANNED HEAT 7:30-8:30 ($6500)-  to me this is a huge fee to pay the band as Harvey Mandell replaced Henry Vestine on guitar only a few days before.

I’m Her Man

Going Up The Country

A Change Is Gonna Come/Leaving This Town

I Know My Baby

Woodstock (Refried Hockey) Boogie- (45 minutes long)

On The Road Again

MOUNTAIN: ($2000.00) (9PM-10PM)

Blood of the Sun

Stormy Monday

Theme for an Imaginary Western

Long Red

For Yasgur’s Farm (named later)

Beside the Sea

Waiting to Take You Away

Dreams of Milk and Honey > Guitar Solo

Blind Man

Dirty Shoes Blues

Southbound Train

THE GRATEFUL DEAD: (10:30-12:05) ($2500.00)

Rumor has it that this was one of the worst Dead performances. Mid show they stood without playing, just tuning up for ten minutes.

The Dead’s lifeless show pissed off John Fogerty who with Creedence was scheduled to go on next but The Dead put everyone to sleep, he said.

St. Stephen

Mama Tried

Dark Star

High Time

Turn On Your Lovelight (45 minutes)

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL (12:30 AM-1:20 AM)($10,000) Crazy money but these swamp rockers were huge that summer.

Born on the Bayou

Green River

Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)



Bad Moon Rising

Proud Mary

I Put a Spell on You

The Night Time Is the Right Time

Keep on Chooglin’

Suzy Q


Raise Your Hand

As Good As You’ve Been To This World

To Love Somebody


Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)

Kosmic Blues

Can’t Turn You Loose

Work Me Lord

Piece Of My Heart

Ball and Chain

SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE(3:30-4:20 AM)$7,000


Sing A Simple Song

You Can Make It If You Try

Everyday People

Dance To The Music

Music Lover

I Want To Take You Higher

Love City


THE WHO (5AM- Sunrise 6:05)$11,200 (fee is questionable) Abbie Hoffman made a surprise cameo and met Pete’s boot.

Heaven And Hell

I Can’t Explain

It’s A Boy


Amazing Journey


Eyesight To The Blind


Tommy Can You Hear Me?

Acid Queen

Pinball Wizard

*Abbie Hoffmann Incident*

Fiddle About

There’s A Doctor I’ve Found

Go To The Mirror Boy

Smash The Mirror

I’m Free

Tommy’s Holiday Camp

We’re Not Gonna Take It

See Me Feel Me

Summertime Blues

Shakin’ All Over

My Generation

Naked Eye

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE “Good morning people” 8AM -9:40 ($7500)

The Other Side of This Life

Somebody to Love

3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds

Won’t You Try / Saturday Afternoon

Eskimo Blue Day

Plastic Fantastic Lover

Wooden Ships

Uncle Sam Blues


The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil

Come Back Baby

White Rabbit

The House at Pooneil Corner

Sunday Aug. 17th (Day 3)

Joe Cocker and The Grease Band 2:00 pm – 3:25 pm($1,375)

Jam (without Cocker)

40,000 Headmen (without Cocker)

Dear Landlord

Something’s Coming On

Do I Still Figure in Your Life

Feelin’ Alright

Just Like a Woman

Let’s Go Get Stoned

I Don’t Need No Doctor

I Shall Be Released

Hitchcock Railway

Something to Say

With a Little Help from My Friends


Country Joe and the Fish 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm($2500)

Rock & Soul Music

(Thing Called) Love

Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine

Sing, Sing, Sing

Summer Dresses

Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife

Silver and Gold


The Love Machine

Ever Since You Told Me That You Love Me (I’m a Nut)

Short Jam (instrumental)

Crystal Blues

Rock & Soul Music (Reprise)

“Fish” Cheer / I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag

Ten Years After 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm ($3250)


Good Morning Little Schoolgirl


I Can’t Keep from Crying Sometimes

Help Me

I’m Going Home

The Band 10:00 pm – 10:50 pm($7500)

Chest Fever

Don’t Do It

Tears of Rage

We Can Talk

Long Black Veil

Don’t You Tell Henry

Ain’t No More Cane on the Brazos

This Wheel’s on Fire

I Shall Be Released

The Weight

Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

Johnny & Edgar Winter 12:00 am – 1:05 am($3750)

Mama, Talk to Your Daughter

Six Feet Under the Ground

Leland Mississippi Blues

Mean Town Blues

You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now

Mean Mistreater

I Can’t Stand It (With Edgar Winter)

Tobacco Road (With Edgar Winter)

Tell the Truth (With Edgar Winter)

Johnny B. Goode

Blood, Sweat & Tears 1:30 am – 2:30 am ($15,000)

More and More

Just One Smile

Something’s Coming On

I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know

Spinning Wheel

Sometimes in Winter

Smilin’ Phases

God Bless The Child

And When I Die

You’ve Made Me So Very Happy

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 3:00 am – 4:00 am ($5000)

Stephen Stills said, “This is the second time we’ve ever played in front of people, man. We’re scared shitless.”

(Set One – Acoustic)

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes


Helplessly Hoping


Marrakesh Express

4 + 20

Mr Soul


You Don’t Have To Cry

(Set Two – Electric)

Pre-road Downs

Long Time Gone


Sea Of Madness

Wooden Ships


Find The Cost Of Freedom

49 Bye-Byes

Paul Butterfield Blues Band 6:00 am – 6:45 am (fee unknown)

Born Under a Bad Sign

No Amount of Loving

Driftin’ and Driftin’

Morning Sunrise

All in a Day

Love March

Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

Sha Na Na 7:30 am – 8:00 am($700)

Get A Job

Come Go With Me


Teen Angel

Jailhouse Rock

Wipe Out

(Who Wrote) The Book of Love

Little Darling

At The Hop

Duke Of Earl

Get A Job (Reprise)

Jimi Hendrix 9:00 am – 11:10 am($18000)

Message of Love

Hear my Train a Comin’

Spanish Castle Magic

Red House


Lover Man

Foxy Lady



Gypsy Woman/Aware of Love


Voodoo Child- slight return

Stepping Stone

The Star Spangled Banner

Purple Haze

Woodstock Improv

Villanova Junction

Hey Joe




Jimi Hendrix – $30,000 for two sets plus $2,000 for expenses. Note- There was a cap of $15,000 per artist at Woodstock so a deal was made for Hendrix to play two sets, an acoustic set and a set with his band.Actually he made $18,000.

Blood, Sweat & Tears – $15,000

Joan Baez – $10,000

Creedence Clearwater Revival – $10,000

The Band – $7,500

Janis Joplin – $7,500

Jefferson Airplane – $7,500

Sly and the Family Stone – $7,000

Canned Heat – $6,500

The Who – $6,250 (also reported at $11,200 but Variety claimed that number was inaccurate)

Richie Havens – $6,000

Arlo Guthrie – $5,000

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – $5,000

Ravi Shankar – $4,500

Johnny Winter – $3,750

Ten Years After – $3,250

Country Joe and the Fish – $2,500

Grateful Dead – $2,500

The Incredible String Band – $2,250

Mountain – $2,000

Tim Hardin – $2,000

Joe Cocker – $1,375

Sweetwater – $1,250

John B. Sebastian – $1,000

Melanie – $750

Santana – $750

Sha Na Na – $700

(photos and clippings may or may not be from WOODSTOCK. Just representations of artist which performed there.)