5 Legendary Performances From Woodstock That Everyone Needs To See

We look back in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the legendary festival and the rerelease of the documentary Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music on blu-ray.

1. Joan Baez

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After performing a 14 song set on Friday, August 15, Baez — who was six months pregnant at the time — wrapped up her performance and closed day one with a folk cover of “We Shall Overcome.” This was a song that she had famously sang at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington in 1963.

Joan Baez, “We Shall Overcome”:

2. Santana

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Santana performed an eight song set in the early afternoon of the second day; the second song they performed in the set is their now signature song, “Evil Ways.”

Santana, “Evil Ways”:

3. Joe Crocker

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Crocker (and his band, The Grease Band) opened up the third day of the festival. He closed his 13 song set with his iconic cover of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends.”

Joe Crocker, “With a Little Help from My Friends”:

4. Crosby, Stills, & Nash

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Crosby, Stills, & Nash opened up their 11 song acoustic set with “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” a song famously written by Stills about his break-up with folk singer Judy Collins.

The band also performed a five song electric set.

Crosby, Stills, & Nash, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”:

5. Jimi Hendrix

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Arguably the single most iconic performance of the entire festival. Hendrix closed the festival with a 16 song set, the 13th song being his legendary feedback drenched cover of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Jimi Hendrix, “The Star-Spangled Banner”:

You can check out more performances on Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music
40th Anniversary Limited Edition Revisited
on blu-ray out now.

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