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How Well Do You Know The Bands At Woodstock?

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  1. Did Bob Dylan perform at Woodstock?

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    Dylan skipped 'Stock because his son fell ill. He did end up playing the Isle of Wright Festival two weeks later, though.

  2. How about Joni Mitchell?

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    Joni's agent persuaded her to appear on The Dick Cavett Show instead of the festival. She ended up writing the song Woodstock based on second-hand accounts of the day.

  3. Did Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play at Woodstock?

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    Bruce's first album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. didn't come out until 1973, four years after Woodstock. He skipped attending the festival as a fan because he heard it was going to rain.

  4. Did Santana play Woodstock?

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    Yes, the man who went on to write "Smooth" with Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty played Woodstock. He was relatively unknown at the time, but his Latin rock fusion was an instant hit with the crowd.

  5. Did the Rolling Stones?

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    The Stones bailed for two reasons: Mick Jagger was in Australia filming a movie and Keith Richards' son Marlon was born that week.

  6. Were the Who there?

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    The Who were scheduled to perform on Day Two, but by the time they took the stage it was 5 AM on Day Three. They played their rock opera Tommy, which ended at sunrise.

  7. Did the Grateful Dead play?

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    The psychedelic jam band played Day Two of the festival. Their setlist only included four songs but they played for almost two hours because of rain delays and fear of electrical shock.

  8. Did the Doors play?

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    The Doors turned down their invitation to play Woodstock. There are rumors that Jim Morrison didn't like playing at outdoor venues and that the band thought the festival would be a flop.

  9. Was Janis Joplin at Woodstock?

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    The 26-year-old played a ten-song set at 2 AM on Day Two of the festival. She died a little over a year after the performance on October 4, 1970.

  10. Was Led Zeppelin there?

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    Led Zeppelin was on a solo tour that summer. The first night of Woodstock the band was playing a concert 150 miles south at Asbury Park Convention Hall in New Jersey.

  11. How about Jimi Hendrix?

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    Jimi played Day Four, closing out the festival with a two hour-long set that started at 9 in the morning, almost twelve hours after he was scheduled to start. He was the highest paid performer at the festival, and probably the most iconic. He died a year and month later on September 18, 1970.

  12. Were Crosby Stills Nash and Young there?

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    They were there, and they rocked a 16-song set on Day Three. It was only their second gig as a group. Stephen Stills told the crowd, "We're scared shitless."

  13. How about the Beatles?

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    Though it's never been confirmed, a rumor states that the Beatles didn't play Woodstock because John Lennon said he wouldn't appear on stage unless his wife Yoko Ono could also perform.

  14. Did Joan Baez come?

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    The queen of folk took the stage at 1 AM at the end of a long Day One. By the time she finished playing it was heavily down pouring.

  15. Did Creedence Clearwater Revival attend?

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    CCR played at midnight on Day Two and blamed the Grateful Dead for delaying their performance with excessive jamming. Still the catchy anthems are remembered as a highlight of the festival.

  16. Were Jefferson Airplane at Woodstock?

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    Jefferson Airplane were meant to headline Day Two, but took the stage on Day Three at 8 AM. Grace Slick started the set yelling "Good morning, people!"

  17. Did Joe Cocker go?

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    Joe Cocker was a relatively small act before Woodstock but his cover of "With A Little Help From My Friends" gained him a lot of fame. After his performance, a thunderstorm broke over the festival delaying the following acts for several hours.

  18. What about Pink Floyd?

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    Syd Barrett left the band in 1968, leaving Floyd scrambling to restructure. The timing was just wrong for a Woodstock performance.

  19. Was Richie Havens there?

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    Of course!!! Richie Havens famously opened the festival, and when he heard the other bands were stuck in traffic on the New York Thruway, he stalled by playing every song he knew and then improvising a song called "Freedom" on the spot. Iconic.

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