Woodstock?

1-woodstock_posterI keep getting emails asking me if I am going to post about Woodstock.

The short answer is Nno, it was not my generation’s gig. I’m a tweener, born between the baby Boomers and Gen Xers. I was 7 during Woodstock (couldn’t hitch a ride upstate NY).

And, I don’t care for most of the bands that played. There was a lot of stuff that might have seemed groovy at the time, but much of it has not held up well. There were but five acts out of 50 that I listen to regularly:

Creedence Clearwater Revival
The Who
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Neil Young
Jimi Hendrix

The rest are simply boring or dated or irrelevant. Yes, I know, Janis Joplin, blahblahblah. When was the last time you put on a Janis Joplin record? I am not a Grateful Dead head, and have long ago stopped listening to The Band.

This weekend, on the drive East, I played a Ultimate Yes. And on the beach, I have been reading Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of “Pink Floyd” — and listening to the albums as the book describes them (the early shit is insane).  SOme years ago, I did some work for someone at Sony, and got the Shine On boxset as a gift. Sweet!

So, longer answer — no Woodstock, but late 1960s/70s psychedelia / Prog Rock this weekend.

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