Woodstock 1969 Live Spotify Playlist
The historic Woodstock Music & Arts Festival began on this date in 1969. Held on August 15 – 17, 1969, the landmark event for the era’s counterculture drew hundreds of thousands of people to Max Yasgur’s farm in Bethel, New York for a rain-drenched, muddy, three days of peace, love and most of all, music.
In recognition of the festival’s legacy, today the official Woodstock website posted links to March For Our Lives, Black Lives Matter, +1thevote, Global Climate Strike and the Amerian Postal Workers Union (APWU), along with the message below:
As we mark Woodstock’s 51st birthday, we celebrate not only our history, but look squarely at our present and the better future we all aspire to create. We recognize many of the social justice issues around which the participants of Woodstock coalesced are persistent, pressing issues we desperately need to address. They require and demand the full force of our collective attention. Participation is as critical as ever and we applaud all of the generations that – together – carry on the fight for justice, equality, peace and the wellbeing of our planet and our democracy. Above all else, Woodstock’s legacy is about the power of people coming together.
So on our 51st birthday, we have one simple birthday wish — that you continue to participate and make your voice heard. Stand up for what you believe in. Invest in the communities that promote the ideals and policies that will result in the world you want to leave for the next generation. We are proud to acknowledge a few organizations that today — even in the midst of a global pandemic – continue to foster community and bring people together to affect change, as we tried to do in 1969. Below are some of the ways you can get involved right now.
There is no more quintessentially Woodstock goal than creating a more peaceful, just and healthy society.
With much peace, love and music,
Last year, to mark 50 years since Woodstock, an edition of Saturday Stream presented a Spotify Playlist compiling the recordings from the legendary event that were available to stream. Since then, several additional sets from Woodstock ‘69 have been added to the streaming platform. This edition of Saturday Stream updates and expands the previously shared playlist with the newly posted sets.
The doubling the runtime of the prior playlist, this 16-hour collection begins with Sweetwater’s “What’s Wrong” from their set that followed Richie Havens’ festival-opening performance. Havens took the stage first because Sweetwater, the intended openers, were stuck in traffic and ended up needing a police escort to get on site. The rest of the playlist follows chronologically through the weekend, ending with Jimi Hendrix’s legendary sunrise performance the morning of Monday, August 18, 1969.
Included are partial or complete sets performed by Tim Hardin, Melanie, Joan Baez, Santana, Mountain, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly & The Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane (with Nicky Hopkins), Joe Cocker, Country Joe & The Fish, Ten Years After, The Band, Johnny Winter, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Sha Na Na.
Stream the updated and expanded Woodstock 1969 Spotify Playlist below: