I spent a hugely enjoyable week in the Catskills region of upstate New York this month, the focal point of which was my time at Bethel Woods for the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. You can read about it on my blogsite. Hopefully the link works. Let me know if it doesn’t.
I was 15. 16 once the film and album came out. In the sixth form at school. A friend very kindly lent me the box set and I taped it (on a reel to reel tape recorder I had persuaded my parents would help me with my piano practice).
I think the music I liked best was Santana. TYA were boring, The Who were frightening, Hendrix didn’t thrill me, CSNY were out of tune. I recall really liking Country Joe and Joan Baez.
I loved the actual event though, the stage announcements, the ridiculous hippie talk of Arlo Guthrie (“I been rappin’ with the fuzz man”).
Creedence Clearwater Revival were a chart juggernaut in 1969: three US Top Ten albums, four hit singles (charting at No. 2, No. 2, No. 2, and No. 3) with three additional charting B-sides. John Fogerty wrote the songs, sang them and played lead guitar. He, and the band, never stopped touring and recording for the whole twelve months.
He made one misstep that year, refusing to allow their Woodstock performance to feature in the film or on the soundtrack. They came on late, in the rain, after The Grateful Dead had lulled everyone to sleep. Who’ll Stop The Rain? was written about their experience. They made up for it by appearing on Ed Sullivan’s famous show in December but their reputation would be regarded as even more legendary if they’d been in the film.
The band didn’t get their just rewards. Fogerty had signed up to a terrible record deal previously. A huge IRS tax bill was to follow and things started to fall apart the following year. By 1971, it was all over. The record company later sued him for plagiarising one of his own CCR songs when he went solo. However, in 1969 he was on top » Continue Reading.