Looking Back at Woodstock: Why Jimi is Still Top Dog

by Kristin Roy

With the recent 50th anniversary of Woodstock, FM89 looks back on one of our favorites from that very weekend in the summer of love. Woodstock Music Festival was held at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm from August 15th through 18th in 1969, and it was advertised as “an Aquarian Exposition: 3 days of Peace & Music,” and it really was.

The audience of over 400,000 piled into the festival grounds, and despite less-than-ideal weather conditions and a lack of food and water, the music kept them alive and rocking. Woodstock has become widely known as the pivotal moment in popular music history as a defining event for the counterculture generation.

At FM89, we play artists who performed that very weekend, like Jimi Hendrix, known as one of the best guitarists, singers, and songwriters ever. Featuring raw lyrics and a gritty voice, his music never seems to go out of style. With only four years of his career within the mainstream music world, he sold over 55 million records. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even describes him as “the greatest instrumentalist in the history of Rock n’ Roll.” With albums like War Heroes, The Cry of Love, and Rainbow Bridge, we can tell why the Hall of Fame used such words.

Hendrix performed through heat and rain, and he got a pretty penny in return, making $18,000 that weekend, and deservedly so. Among acts like Blood Sweat & Tears, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Grateful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience remains Woodstock’s top dog.