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100 miles down the road 40 years ago.

** Need tech help to imbed from youtube.  Would prefer Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze from Woodstock, but will accept any imbed someone here prefers from the concert with instructions on how to upload a youtube video link with the image.

Illustration added by Swart, PTC.

Thanks to Sophmom for the reference and all credit to Carolyn and her excellent blog ‘My Sydney Paris Life’ for the materials.

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#1 Comment By JeffZ On August 15, 2009 @ 9:18 am

While you are at it PTC, might want to include this link as well:


#2 Comment By hwc On August 15, 2009 @ 11:25 am

Woodstock was not Hendrix’s best show. He had been “hanging round” way too long before playing after dawn the next morning and played with a bit of a pickup band. However, He did some incredible loose jam type stuff, especially this one which even has some flamenco sounding influences:


#3 Comment By hwc On August 15, 2009 @ 11:26 am

BTW, the jam above was not featured in the orginal movie, (except as background for the closing credits). It’s on the DVD of Jimi’s full set at Woodstock.

#4 Comment By PTC On August 15, 2009 @ 11:30 am

Hwc- I disagree. I think his live performance of purple haze at Woodstock was on of the best one ever captured on film… same with Voodoo Child, and the star spangled banner.



#5 Comment By hwc On August 15, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

I don’t know about Purple Haze, that’s not really Jimi’s sweet spot for me, but his show on the 4th of July, 1970 at the Atlanta Pop was better form than the Woodstock shows. Energy. The band — back to a three piece with Billy Cox on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums.

Voodoo Child

Hey Joe

Red House

Stone Free & July 4th Star Spangled Banner

#6 Comment By hwc On August 15, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

Don’t get me wrong. I have the Jimi Woodstock show on DVD and it has its high points, but overall the performance was a mess in a lot of ways. A big part of the problem was that it was a pickup band thrown together at the last minute and they were not good at all. Part of it was that they had all been tripping all night and were out of gas by the time they finally took the stage.

For early Hendrix, it is very hard to beat the re-mastered Monterey Pop Festival set — Jimi’s first US concert. It has some incredible stuff, like Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone, an slow bluesy Wind Cries Mary, and — of course — the Trogg’s Wild Thing complete with burning guitar.

The Atlanta show above was just two months before he died and is an example of a more sophisticated peformance — the band is actually tight.

The same band played the Isle of Wright Fesitival 6 weeks later. That DVD is OK in terms of some amazing playing, but lots of tech problems during the show, Hendrix was not a happy camper. The sound quality of the recording is poor.

#7 Comment By hwc On August 15, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

The video (and audio) from this 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival was lost for decades. It was filmed for a movie, but the promoters went bust and the guys who recorded it never coughed up the goods. It surfaced many years later. I believe the entire Hendrix set was released on DVD.

There is an audio recording of the two shows the Allman Brothers did — one to open the show on Friday and one to close it on Sunday. This was right after their first album had been released and before Live at the Fillmore was recorded. Alas, no video. There is — from everything I can tell — virtually no video of Rolling Stone’s #2 Greatest Guitar Player of All-Time. The few videos I’ve seen are godawful quality. I feel very fortunate to have seen both #1 and #2 live before they died.

By the time I saw this 4th of July Hendrix show (summer after my junior year in high school), I had been fortunate enough to see Hendrix (twice), Duane Allman, Pete Townshend, and Jimmy Page. And, for even more serendipity, I went to the Who, Allman Brothers, and Hendrix show with a high school buddy who went on toe win Guitar Player Magazine’s Guitarist of the Year award five years in a row, when they retired him from the voting and put him in their hall of fame. He has since recorded a fun albom “Major Impacts”, where he writes and plays and orginal instrumental in the style of Hendrix, in the style of Duane Allman (actully he does Dicky Betts, too), in the style of Jimmy Page, in the style of Mountain’s Leslie West (who we also saw), etc. He shows off a little bit of classic guitar riffs in this solo at the beginning of a well-known rock riff tune with his day-job band:


#8 Comment By sophmom On August 15, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

It’s interesting to see all the talent listed…some are still around, and even still performing, but how many are gone?

#9 Comment By hwc On August 15, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

Not too many are gone:

Janis Joplin
Richard Manuel
Rick Danko
Ron McKernan
Jerry Garcia
Keith Moon

BTW, I think the Jeff Beck Group (Jeff Beck – guitar, Nicky Hopkins – piano, Ronnie Woods – bass, Rod Stewart – vocals) broke up a couple of days before Woodstock.

A lot of these old geezers are still recording wonderful music. Levon Helm has a new record out (after surviving throat cancer) and does weekly barn-concerts at his house in Woodstock that feature guest appearance by many of his friends.

Robbie Robertson recorded one of the best albums I’ve ever heard – his 1991 album Storyville with producer Daniel Lanois and Ivan Neville and Bruce Hornsby. Find this one in a bargain-bin. It’s terrific.

Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonan returned to his acoustic blues roots and is one of the top blues acoustic guitarists around. He’s got some lovely CDs.

Santana, of course, had a resurgence playing his trademark guitar lick on one of Clive Davis’ duet comeback albums, winning a Grammy if I recall.

#10 Comment By hwc On August 15, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

Can’t find anything from Storyville (a reference to the red light district of New Orleans, but here’s one from Robbie Robertson’s first solo album in 1987:


#11 Comment By hwc On August 15, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

Speaking of Jefferson Airplane (tangentially):

NPR has the complete audio recordings of last month’s Newport Folk Festival up on the website for listening there or downloading as MP3s. Some great shows:


One of my favorites, Gillian Welch plays a fantastic set with all of her “hits”. Really super recording. At the 38 minute mark of her set, she and David Rawlings do a bluegrass version of Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit that is just killer.


#12 Comment By PTC On August 15, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

That is way cool hwc. I missed all that by about 10 years.

I still think Hendrix at Woodstock is a great video… but that also might have more to do with the quality and the fact that it was captured during daylight, rather than the actual performance.

No one ever did answer my question on to how to imbed a video from youtube? I feel a very strong need to imbed a cheesy sexy one, just to break the raw energy and tension of diversity thread below.

#13 Comment By hwc On August 16, 2009 @ 2:38 am

I found a couple of links to the Steve Morse songs “in the style of” his major influences. He was doing good Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, Page, and Allman covers in high school before he went to Univ. of Miami and studied classical guitar.

Jimi Hendrix

The Allman Brothers (both Duane and Dicky Betts)

Keith Richards

#14 Comment By Williamstowner On August 16, 2009 @ 7:18 am

Here’s Grace Potter and the Nocturnals from just up the road in Vermont doing a Janis Joplin song – “Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)” at a concert filmed for the documentary “Woodstock: Now & Then” which just premiered on VH1 and will be on the History Channel Sunday night.


Grace gets compared to Janis quite a bit these days (a comparison she downplays as much as possible). Scott, the bands guitar player, was born in Williamstown.

Grace and the band also did “White Rabbit” and “Woodstock”. that night.


#15 Comment By hwc On August 16, 2009 @ 11:03 am

Grace gets compared to Janis quite a bit these days (a comparison she downplays as much as possible).

Considering that Janis Joplin was an alcoholic and heroin junkie who killed herself with booze and drugs at age 27, I’m not surprised that Grace Potter shuns the comparison!

I don’t see that much comparison actually, although I do like Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. The recent additions to the band should improve the musicianship, which I always felt wasn’t up to Potter’s talent level. I particularly think that the addition of Catherine Popper (ex-Cardinals) will add a much needed element of vocal harmonies.

#16 Comment By PTC On August 16, 2009 @ 11:08 am

Hwc/ williamstowner- No way. I’d play that up if I were her. Janis Joplin is a legend.

#17 Comment By PTC On August 16, 2009 @ 11:14 am

Just watched the clip of Grace…. not half the talent of Janis. Ah well. Janis was a one of a kind talent and personality.


#18 Comment By Williamstowner On August 16, 2009 @ 11:36 am

I don’t think that’s the clip I’d pick if I were to say “Check out Grace Potter” – it just fit in with the “Woodstock” theme. As to “not 1/2 the talent” – well, to each his own. While I agree that Janis is a legend that will be hard to touch Grace is no slouch. Grace brings her own things to the table. At the risk of a derail – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ0P0mTbxTg . . . keep poking at YouTube if you’d like to see more.

#19 Comment By sophmom On August 16, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

Joe Cocker is still great. His last CD, Heart and Soul, is one of my favorites.

“One” is a gorgeous listen.

(Those strings! Especially at the end.)

#20 Comment By hwc On August 16, 2009 @ 3:45 pm

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ live shows are featured at the Live Music Archive of the Internet Archive. Here’s the listing by year:


They don’t do soundboards, so these are all audience recordings. Tapers have the band’s permission.

They also play regularly on the indie festival circuits and their sets routinely show up on the webcasts and archived video of these festivals.

I’m waiting for their next album, produced by T Bone Burnett, who (I gather) applied some gentle pressure to upgrade the band’s sound. Grace Potter is a hot talent and she’s been held back, IMO, by the band. Not bad, but not really up to snuff as far as musicianship to move to the next stage. I look for Burnett to ba very positive influence on the band’s direction.

#21 Comment By Dick Swart On August 17, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

Jimi Hendrix and Purple Haze in the NYT Crossword today.

#22 Comment By Steve Wollkind ’01 On August 18, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

In English, imbed starts with an ‘e.’

Most Youtube video pages contain html that can be pasted directly to embed the video. You will find that html immediately to the right of the video.

#23 Comment By Williamstowner On August 18, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

Steve, give it a shot. I don’t believe commenters can embed videos, only authors. I may be wrong so here goes.

#24 Comment By Williamstowner On August 18, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

Nope, it doesn’t work

#25 Comment By PTC On August 19, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

Steve- Not that I am some kind of an expert in the english language or anything of that sort (although I do speak fluent spanish)… but using an “i” is acceptable in this case… I do believe. Imbed or embed… both acceptable accroding to webster.