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The Music of Woodstock
August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Woodstock was three days of peace and love, camping out and getting high. Everybody knows that.
Its background, though, its sound track, its reason for being was some of the finest music ever performed in America. The J-Airplane, Tim Hardin, the Incredible String Band and the incredible Richie Havens, Joan Baez, the Grateful Dead and dozens of other acts created a sonic Woodstock to go with the physical one. If you were at Woodstock, the songs were so powerful that they racketed around your head even when the stage was empty. They lifted you up, had you teetering on a peak, a rush of emotion and beauty almost too great to be borne.
Sometimes, you came down from the peak a little crazy.
Woodstock wasn’t a rock festival, or a folk festival, or a blues festival. It was a celebration of all the new and insurgent music of a troubled and intensely creative period, the mid- and late-60s. Psychedelic rock, folk-rock, protest music, folk, singer-songwriters, blues bands—the organizers brought together the best of everything that was the 60s. Everybody was there, all the giants except Dylan, who was off in a cave somewhere, pursuing his muse. Even the people and bands who’ve been forgotten, like Quill and Bert Sommer, were good enough to draw standing ovations.
This presentation, given by University of Pittsburgh senior lecturer Dr. Bernard Hagerty, will talk about that music, who made it, where it came from, and where it went. We’ll look at Paul Butterfield’s Chicago blues band, and at Sweetwater, who pretty much created psychedelic rock, and Creedence Clearwater Revival, with wild-man lead singer John Fogerty, and all the others. We’ll learn something, and for many of us remember something, about the music. We’ll learn about, and remember, the Sixties. We’ll learn something about America, then and now.
And maybe we’ll learn something about ourselves.
Free and open to adults. Registration required.