“Younger Generation” – John Sebastian
Date: August 16th, 1969. It’s the second day of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, and bands began playing at 12:15 pm. By this time the concert had become somewhat of a disaster scene in some ways, with the organizers completely overwhelmed and under prepared for the over 400,000 thousand (50k were expected) young people that had showed up to listen to great music on Max Yasgurs farm. This group of hippies banded together however and made the event possible. By setting up volunteer-run medical centers and food distribution systems and helping each other, what could have turned into a riot became a legendary concert with no violence and 2 births.
John Sebastian, formerly the frontman of The Loving Spoonful, came on immediately after Santana and was certainly the best “filler,” act of Woodstock. On a day the featured acts like Canned Heat, The Grateful Dead, Creedance Clearwater Revival, The Who, Janis Joplin, AND MORE, Sebastian managed to put a one man show on that fit right in. A beautiful voice and a beatiful song, even if he is a bit… incapacitated.