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Today, 15 August, is the 44th anniversary of the music festival Woodstock. Over the weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of 400,000 concert-goers in what remains for many a pivotal moment in music history and their lives. Looking back and reading and remembering the list of performers brings back memories as sharp as yesterday.

I took this photograph early in the morning in Nieuwoudtville, the two men were unemployed and down on their luck. Singing and playing was a joy in their lives.

Woodstock – Joni Mitchell here

I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him, "Where are you going?" And this he told me...

I'm going on down to Yasgur's Farm,
I'm gonna join in a rock and roll band.
I'm gonna camp out on the land.
I'm gonna get my soul free.

We are stardust.
We are golden.
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.

Then can I walk beside you?
I have come here to lose the smog,
And I feel to be a cog in something turning.

Well maybe it is just the time of year,
Or maybe it's the time of man.
I don't know who I am,
But you know life is for learning.

We are stardust.
We are golden.
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.

By the time we got to Woodstock,
We were half a million strong
And Everywhere there was song and celebration.

And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky,
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation.

We are stardust.
Billion year old carbon.
We are golden..
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.


Woodstock Line Up http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/music0_woodstock.html

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