The Woodstock Festival started 49 years ago today at 5:07 EST when Richie Havens…

Written by on August 16, 2018


The Woodstock Festival started 49 years ago today at 5:07 EST when Richie Havens took the stage. He played for 1 hour and 53 minutes. He played every song he knew. He wasn’t suppose to be the first performer, but because of the traffic problems, the other artist were having problems getting to the site. When Ritchie ran out of songs to sing, he improvised playing an old gospel song he knew. He came up with some lyric on the spot. It became one of his signature songs “Freedom”.

When Richie started playing, there were still a lot of people not there yet. Here is what the crowd was like when he was playing.

In some ways it seems like a lifetime ago and in other ways, just a couple of years ago.

How many of you were (really) there and how many of you younger people can’t wait for a time machine?




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