Stuck on 17B - Day Three-and-a-half

Woodstock organizer Michael Lang: “Jimi Hendrix wanted to close the show because the headliner does close the show. [Jimi’s] manager, Michael Jeffery, insisted. I said, ‘Listen, it’s not like that. They’re all headliners. Why don’t you go on around midnight?’

“Jeffery said no. Hendrix has to close the show. So I said, ‘OK. You got it,’ even though I knew it was not really a great spot to have, waiting up all night and knowing many of the people would have left already. On Monday morning, Hendrix did play an incredible set, but by the time he got to the stage there were only about 60,000 people left.”

Impatience became anticipation as everyone warmed to the first rays of the new rising sun. Melting rainbow watercolors seeped through the sunrise sky and inspired a new title for Jimi’s band. He walked out in to the dawn of a Gypsy Sun, with multicolor streaks stretched across the sky.

A blissful afterglow radiated over the site as his Gypsy Sun & Rainbows Band took positions on stage. It wasn’t until this moment that history could claim Woodstock as the apex of the decade.

“I see that we meet again....”

from the liner notes, Jimi Hendrix: Woodstock

Voodoo Chile (Slight Return).mp3
Star Spangled Banner.mp3
Purple Haze.mp3

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At 2:48 AM , Blogger a Tart said...

wow! what have i stumbled into here?!? this is a gorgeous series you've got goin, darlin' just wonderful. and yeah, i was four years old, closer than you tho, geographically. but i like to think we'd have hitchhiked there and blissed out on the music :)

thanks for putting so much work into this, awesome posts!

At 3:06 PM , Blogger aikin said...

thanks so much for your comments, Tart!
I think I hate doing multiple days of related posts, so I may never do it again!


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