Day 2 Woodstock Music Art Fair

Day 2 Woodstock Music Art Fair

Saturday 16 August 1969

Day 2 Woodstock Music Art Fair

My piece of…

…the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was mainly day 2. My friend Tony and I had left New Jersey on Friday night after hearing about heavy traffic around the festival. Leaving 12 hours early for what we thought would be a 90 minute trip seemed a good idea.

Around the same time that Arlo Guthrie announced that authorities had closed it, we drove up the NY Thruway.

We arrived in the Monticello area within a couple of hours, but as everyone knows, Rt 17B was jammed. We crawled along for a few miles before deciding to pull off the road and park. It was dark. It was misty. And there were as many people walking toward the festival as away, the latter saying the festival was cancelled.

We slept in the car until dawn, got up, and started walking. Around noon we got to the field, put our uncollected tickets back in our pockets, and waited.

It was a beautiful day literally and figuratively. It was going to be an historic weekend. Here is the line up, their personnel, and set list for Woodstock Day Two.

Day 2 Woodstock Music Art Fair


Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Quill started at 12.15 pm; played for 30 minutes.

Dan Cole: vocals
Jon Cole: bass, vocals
Norman Rogers: guitar, vocals
Phil Thayer: keyboard, saxophone, flute
Roger North: drums
Set list:
  • They Live the Life
  • That’s How I Eat
  • Driftin’
  • Waitin’ for You
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Country Joe

Country Joe was not on Saturday’s schedule, but trying to keep the music going once started required some ingenuity on the part of Michael Lang et al.

They recruited a guitar-less Joe with a strapless guitar and a found piece of rope. Joe’s solo performance has become part of the Woodstock legacy.

He  started at 1 pm; played for 30 minutes,

Set list:
  • Janis
  • Donovan’s Reef
  • Heartaches by the Number
  • Ring of Fire
  • Tennessee Stud
  • Rockin’ Round the World
  • Flying All the Way
  • I Seen a Rocket
  • “Fish” Cheer > I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die Rag
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Santana started at 2 pm; played for 45 minutes.

Set list:
  • Waiting
  • Evil Ways
  • You Just Don’t Care
  • Savor
  • Jingo
  • Persuasion
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Fried Neckbones And Some Home Fries
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John Sebastian

Like Country Joe, Woodstock Ventures drafted the unscheduled John Sebastian to perform to buy time for setting up the next group. The solo Sebastian started at 3.30 pm and played for 25 minutes.

Set list:
  • How Have You Been
  • Rainbows All Over Your Blues
  • I Had A Dream
  • Darlin’ Be Home Soon
  • Younger Generation
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Keef Hartley Band

Keef Hartley Band started at 4.45 pm; played for approx 45 minutes

Keef Hartley: drums
Miller Anderson: guitar, vocals
Jimmy Jewell: saxophone
Henry Lowther: trumpet, violin
Gary Thain: bass
Set list:
  • Spanish Fly
  • She’s Gone
  • Too Much Thinkin’
  • Believe In You
Halfbreed Medley: Sinnin’ For You (Intro) >Leaving Trunk > Just to Cry > Sinnin’ for You
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The Incredible String Band

The Incredible String Band were scheduled for Friday’s folk lineup, but travel issues prevented that. They started at 6 pm; played for 30 minutes.

Mike Heron: multi-instrumentals
Robin Williamson: vocals, multi-instrumentals
Christina “Licorice” McKechnie: organ, vocals, multi-instrumentals
Rose Simpson: bass, vocals, multi-instrumentals
Set list:
  • Invocation (spoken word)
  • The Letter
  • Gather ‘Round
  • This Moment
  • Come with Me
  • When You Find Out Who You Are
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Canned Heat

Canned Heat started at 7.30 pm; played for 60 minutes.

Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson: guitar, harmonica, vocals
Bob “The Bear” Hite: vocals, harmonica
Harvey “The Snake” Mandel: guitar
Larry “The Mole” Taylor: bass
Adolpho “Fito” de la Parra: drums
Set list:
  • I’m Her Man
  • Going Up the Country
  • A Change Is Gonna Come / Leaving This Town
  • Too Many Drivers at the Wheel
  • I Know My Baby
  • Woodstock Boogie
  • On the Road Again
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Mountain started at 9 pm; played for 60 minutes.

Leslie West: guitar, vocals
Felix Pappalardi: bass
Steve Knight: keyboards
Norman “N.D.” Smart: drums
Set list:
  • Blood of the Sun
  • Stormy Monday
  • Theme for an Imaginary Western
  • Long Red
  • For Yasgur’s Farm
  • Beside the Sea
  • Waiting to Take You Away
  • Dreams of Milk and Honey
  • Southbound Train
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Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead started at 10:30 pm; on stage for 95 minutes (with extended sound issue stretches during set).

Jerry Garcia: guitar, vocals
Bob Weir: guitar
Ron “Pig Pen” McKernan: keyboards, vocals
Tom Constanten: keyboards, vocals
Phil Lesh: bass
Bill Kreutzmann: drums
Mickey Hart: drums
Set list:
  • St Stephen
  • Mama Tried
  • Dark Star
  • High Time
  • Turn on Your Lovelight
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Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival started at 12:30 am; played for 50 minutes.

John Fogerty: vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
Tom Fogerty: rhythm guitar, vocals
Stu Cook: bass
Doug “Cosmo” Clifford: drums
Set list:
  • Born on the Bayou
  • Green River
  • Ninty-Nine-and-a-Half (Won’t Do)
  • Bootleg
  • Commotion
  • Bad Moon Rising
  • Proud Mary
  • I Put a Spell on You
  • The Night Time is the Right Time
  • Keep on Chooglin’
  • Susie Q
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Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin started at 2 am; played for 60 minutes.

Janis Joplin: vocals
Terry Clements: tenor saxophone
Cornelius “Snooky” Flowers: baritone saxophone
Luis Gasca: trumpet
John Till: guitar
Richard Kermode: keyboards
Brad Campbell: bass
Maury Baker: drums
Set list:
  • Raise Your Hand
  • As Good As You’ve Been to This World
  • To Love Somebody
  • Summertime
  • Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)
  • Cozmic Blues
  • I Can’t Turn You Loose
  • Work Me, Lord
  • Piece of My Heart
  • Ball and Chain
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Sly and the Family Stone

Sly and the Family Stone started at 3.30 am; played for 50 minutes.

Sly Stone: vocals, keyboard
Freddie Stone: guitar, vocals
Jerry Martini: saxophone
Cynthia Robinson: trumpet
Rosie Stone: keyboard, vocals
Larry Graham: bass
Greg Errico: drums
Set list:
  • M’Lady
  • Sing A Simple Song
  • You Can Make It If You Try
  • Medley: Everyday People > Dance To The Music > Music Lover > I Want To Take You Higher

  • Love City
  • Stand!
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The Who

The Who started at 5 am; played for 65 minutes.

Roger Daltrey: vocals
Pete Townshend: guitar
John Entwistle: bass
Keith Moon: drums
Set list:
  • Heaven and Hell
  • I Can’t Explain
  • It’s a Boy
  • 1921
  • Amazing Journey
  • Sparks
  • Eyesight to the Blind
  • Christmas
  • Acid Queen
  • Pinball Wizard
  • Abbie Hoffman incident
  • Do You Think It’s Alright?
  • Fiddle About
  • There’s a Doctor
  • Go to the Mirror
  • Smash the Mirror
  • I’m Free
  • Tommy’s Holiday Camp
  • We’re Not Gonna Take It
  • See Me, Feel Me
  • Listening to You
  • Summertime Blues
  • Shakin’ All Over
  • My Generation
  • Naked Eye
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Jefferson Airplane

Day 2 Woodstock Music and Art Fair

The sun rose and the Jefferson Airplane started at 8 am; played for 100 minutes.

Set list:
  • The Other Side of This Life
  • Somebody to Love
  • 3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds
  • Won’t You Try/Saturday Afternoon
  • Eskimo Blue Day
  • Plastic Fantastic Lover
  • Wooden Ships
  • Uncle Sam Blues
  • Volunteers
  • The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil
  • Come Back Baby
  • White Rabbit
  • The House at Pooneil Corner
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August 16 Peace Love Art Activism

August 16 Peace Love Art Activism

Calvin Graham

August 16, 1942: Graham enlisted at the Naval Recruiting Station in Houston, TX. The age certification, signed by Graham’s mother, showed a birth date of April 3, 1925, making Graham 17. After receiving recruit training, Graham was transferred for duty to the USS South Dakota. (see Calvin Graham for the whole sad story)

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August 16, 1945: two days after Japan indicated a willingness to surrender in the war, Ho Chi Minh issued an appeal to the Vietnamese people urging them to seize control of their country before Allied troops arrived in Indochina. The following uprising succeeded in overthrowing the puppet leader Bao Dai and control both Hanoi and Saigon. The uprising became known as the “August Revolution.” (see Sept 2)

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Rufus Lesseur lynched

August 16, 1904: a mob of unmasked white men in Marengo County, Alabama, lynched Rufus Lesseur, a 24-year-old Black man, and left his body riddled with bullets.

Less than two days earlier, a white woman in Thomaston, Alabama, claimed that a Black man had entered her home and frightened her. After someone claimed that a hat found near the woman’s home belonged to Mr. Lesseur, a mob of white men formed and kidnapped him. The white men transported a terrified Mr. Lesseur into the nearby woods, and locked him in a tiny calaboose, or makeshift jail for more than a day.

At 3:00 a.m. on August 16, without an investigation, trial, conviction of any offense, or a sentencing proceeding, a mob of white men broke into the locked shack, seized Mr. Lesseur, dragged him outside, and lynched him, filling his body with bullets.

Although he was lynched by a mob of unmasked white men in a town with only 300 residents, state officials claimed that no one could be identified, arrested, or prosecuted for his murder. (next BH, see In 1905; next Lynching, see April 14, 1906 or for for expanded chronology, see American Lynching 2)


August 16, 1959: living in NYC Roy Wright had had a career in the US Army and the Merchant Marines. After his wife admitted to infidelities Wright shot and killed his wife and then committed suicide. (next BH, see Sept 8; see Scottsboro Travesty for the whole story)

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John Sinclair

August 16 Peace Love Art Activism

August 16, 1969: White Panther Party founder, John Sinclair, convicted for selling 2 joints to an undercover agent. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison. [2011 Michigan Daily article] (see Aug 19)

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August 16 Music et al

Pete Best

August 16, 1960: Pete Best became The Silver Beetles’ drummer. The band’s current line-up included John, Paul, George, Pete and Stuart Stutcliffe. The band traveled to Hamburg, Germany. (see Aug 17)

Richie Havens

August 16, 1967: Richie Havens (age 26) released third, but first best known album, Mixed Bag.  [AllMusic Review by Jim Newsom(see “in September”)


August 16, 1969: day two of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair


August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at age 42. From the August 17 NYT article: Elvis Presley, the first and greatest American rock‐and‐roll star, died yesterday at the age of 42. Mr. Presley, whose throaty baritone and blatant sexuality redefined popular music, was found unconscious in the bedroom of his home, called Graceland, in Memphis yesterday at 2:30 P.M.

August 16 Peace Love Art Activism

Iraq War II

August 16 Peace Love Art Activism

August 16, 2007:  coalition death toll in Iraq reached 4,000. (see Sept 16)

August 16 Peace Love Art Activism

Lynette A. Fromme

August 16, 2009: Lynette A. Fromme, who had attempted to assassinate President Ford, was released from federal prison. [NBC news article]

August 16 Peace Love Art Activism

Native Americans

August 16, 2016: Alaska began to provide Yup’ik language ballot assistance for the first time in more than 100 communities around Alaska, including the 29 identified in the Toyukak settlement (re providing language assistance for Native Americans). The state had already provided language assistance and translated the official election pamphlet into Spanish and Tagalog. [Alaska public article] (see Sept 10)

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August 16, 2017: a second study conducted by David Humphreys of the University of Oxford in the U.K.showed that murders climbed 22 percent in Florida in the decade after the state enacted its `Stand Your Ground’ self-defense law, even after accounting for a spike in justifiable homicides.

Before the law took effect in October 2005, Florida residents had a right to use lethal force when they felt their life was endangered by a home intruder. The `Stand Your Ground’ law extended this right beyond the home, justifying deadly force for self-defense in other situations.

On average, from 1999 to 2005, lawful homicides accounted for just 3.4 percent of all homicides in Florida. Between 2006 and 2015, the proportion of lawful homicides rose, accounting on average for 8.7 percent of homicide. (see August 23, 2019)

That rise translated into a 75 percent increase in justifiable homicides after the `Stand Your Ground’ law took effect. But it also means lawful homicides don’t explain the surge in murders because they made up just a fraction of the total fatalities, said Humphreys.

August 16 Peace Love Art Activism

Immigration History

Children remain separated

August 16, 2018: officials said that out of the 2,654 migrant children who the government had separated from their parents, largely because of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy for those crossing the border illegally, 565 children remained separated and in federal custody.

The Trump administration said there were some cases in which families would not be reunited, including because of the criminal or immigration history of an adult in the family; evidence of child abuse; and questions about whether the parents and children were truly related.

Some parents were deported before they could be reunited with their children. (see Aug 23)

Hotel detention centers

August 16, 2020: the NY Times reported that the Trump administration had been using major hotel chains to detain children and families taken into custody at the border, creating a largely unregulated shadow system of detention and swift expulsions without the safeguards that are intended to protect the most vulnerable migrants.

Government data obtained by The New York Times, along with court documents, showed that hotel detentions overseen by a private security company had ballooned in recent months under an aggressive border closure policy related to the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 100,000 migrants, including children and families, had been summarily expelled from the country under the measure. But rather than deterring additional migration, the policy appears to have caused border crossings to surge, in part because it eliminates some of the legal consequences for repeat attempts at illegal crossings. (next Immigration, see Aug 29)

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