On August 15th 1969 Woodstock music festival started. It featured some of the greatest musicians of the era and became a legend of the counterculture of the 1960s. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the festival and we already celebrated it with a poster. But because we like the subject matter so much, we also created a series of small illustrations depicting some of our favorite Woodstock musicians.
Richie Havens opened the festival and played for almost three hours, waiting for other performers stuck in traffic to arrive. The performance built his career.
Melanie Safka is known for her energetic, lighthearted music and enthusiasm. Woodstock performance inspired her to write a song “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” because people lit candles during her set.
Currently famous mostly for her cooperation with Bob Dylan, Baez has been a great folk musician and one of the most significant female voices to appear at Woodstock.
Not yet well-known, the band Santana with its front man Carlos Santana became huge after their Woodstock performance and went on to be one of the biggest names of the ones that appeared then.
Creedence Clearwater Revival performed late at night but still managed to energize the crowd with their catchy, powerful music.
One of the greatest legends of the 60s music, Janis Joplin was a star of the festival. A wonderful performer and an icon of her era, Joplin died tragically a year later.
A huge band at the time, Jefferson Airplane performed on Sunday morning. The band epitomized the philosophy and lifestyle of a 60s rock’n’roll band.
Like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix would burn bright but short – he also died a year later. His Woodstock show was the last of the lineup and technically took place on Monday.
Who are your favorite Woodstock musicians?