Sunday’s lineup was again packed with rockers: The Band, Joe Cocker, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ten Years After, Johnny Winter, and Jimi Hendrix. Attendance estimates kept rising, and the state police figure was 450,000, while others rounded it off to an even half-million.
Tag Archives: woodstock
Instead of focusing on the performers and their recollections, authors Brad Littleproud and Joanne Hague chose to tell the story of Woodstock as told by the people who were in the crowd or stuck on the road going to Woodstock — though commentary from acts like Ten Years After, Richie Havens, Santana and others is offered, as well. And that’s what sets its apart from the rest.
Saturday morning dawned soggy and gray, and Michael Launder, 17, from Albion, New York, and his friend, Billy, hitched a ride on the trunk of a car covered in people. “There were about eight guys inside and another five or six sitting on the hood and trunk, so we just jumped on,” says Launder. “When we finally reached the festival, it was very surprising to see the state troopers with their ‘Smokey’ hats off, hanging with the rest of us.”
The year was 1968, and artist Dr. Bob Hieronimus was commissioned to paint a mural at Johns Hopkins University. That summer, though, he got a better offer. Bob Grimm, who sang with the group Light, approached Hieronimus about another painting project — namely, Grimm asked him to “turn his tour bus into a ‘magic bus.’”