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Woodstock Turns 50

Woodstock (AP Photo/File)

Woodstock (AP Photo/File)


Go back to the garden with me for a 50th anniversary celebration of Woodstock for three nights on WFUV, from Monday, August 12 through Wednesday, August 14 from 9-10 p.m — and with Dennis Elsas on August 15 at 3 p.m. too — with each hour archived after it airs below.

Hop in the FUV VW bus with me, your driver on this expedition, for an hour-long trip back to Max Yasgur’s Farm in upstate New York, remembering the legendary three-day music festival of August 15-18, 1969.

We’ll romp through the grass, swim in the pond and listen to lots of groovy music with our brothers and sisters. There’s sure to be rain, and then lots of mud, but that won’t dampen our spirits. We’ll just stay away from the brown acid and get high from making the scene, man. Dig?

I'll feature selections from most of the 32 artists and bands that played the festival:

Monday, August 12
Listen to most of the artists who performed on the first day of the festival, Friday August 15, which ran into the early morning hours of Saturday, like Richie Havens, Sweetwater, Tim Hardin, Melanie, Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie.

Tuesday, August 13
Most of the music of Saturday to the early hours of Sunday, like the Incredible String Band, Canned Heat, Mountain, the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, and Sly and the Family Stone.

Wednesday, August 14
More from the second day, like the Who and Jefferson Airplane. And I'll wrap with most of the artists who closed out the festival from Sunday, August 17, to the morning of Monday, August 18, like Joe Cocker, the Band,  Blood, Sweat and Tears, Crosby, Stills and Nash (and Young), Jimi Hendrix and more.

Also, on Thursday, August 15 at 3 p.m., join my friend Dennis Elsas for his own Woodstock special during our 1969 "Throwback Thursday" (which we'll also archive below). And WFUV News has produced a vivid radio documentary, called Back to the Garden: Remembering Woodstock, interviewing folks who were at the festival five decades ago.