This iconic musical documentary covers the three-day 1969 music festival on the property of Max Yasger's farm that symbolized the late 1960s in terms of musical, social and political ideology of the era. American audiences are introduced to Ten Years After, featuring guitar great Alvin Lee. Jimi Hendix, The Who and Joe Cocker give riveting performances. As naked flower children romp, the New York freeway is closed because of traffic congestion. Music lovers leave their cars and travel on foot only survive torrential downpours of rain, food shortages and non-stop music. Jefferson Airplane gives the wake up call with their song "Volunteers Of America." Crosby, Stills and Nash deliver a memorable performance. John Sebastian gives an impromptu set with a borrowed guitar from Tim Hardin. Santana, Sly and The Family Stone, Sha-Na-Na, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens and Joan Baez also appear. The movie did big box office business and a successful three record set sold millions of copies. The Grateful Dead, Credence Clearwater Revival and Janis Joplin performed but were not shown in the film. The Dead's Jerry Garcia recalled that it was the worst live show the band ever did, ironic for a band known for their spirited live performances.~Dan Pavlides
Country Joe McDonald
Joni MitchellComposer (Music Score)
Martin ScorseseFirst Assistant Director
Thelma SchoonmakerFirst Assistant Director
Lewis TeagueProduction Manager
Sonya PolonskyProduction Manager
Year of Release
2 Discs, 40th Anniversary, DVD, Director's Cut, Special Edition
It’s the best Woodstock music video that I have ever seen. I only wish that they would have put the performers name on this video just before or during their performance, just in case you forgot who it was that was singing.
Love it and will view it often.
I grew up listening to this music. Really enjoyed it. I wish it had ALL the Woodstock songs, Jefferson Airplane played more than what is on this DVD. And other bands too. But all in all great DVD!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Woodstock (40th Anniversary)
We bought this amazing blu-ray film even though we had previously purchased the original movie. This version is the director's cut and has more footage from the festival with over 3 hours of additional music of never before released legendary performances and stories of the 60's & Woodstock. A must have for anyone that lived through that experience or wished they had been a part of music history!