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Friday, August 15, 2014

Most Famous Woodstock Band Missing...at Woodstock

One of the mysteries of the Woodstock movie and three-record soundtrack was: Where were The Band and Janis Joplin?  Rumor had it that their performances--45 years ago this weekend--were so weak they had to be cut.  Nonsense, as it turned out: Their famously cranky manager, Albert Grossman, simply wouldn't allow it due to the usual money issues...For years The Band numbers remained hidden, especially on decent quality video, but finally "The Weight" and "Tears of Rage"  emerged.  I envy you if the latter is your first Richard Manuel experience.  Joplin here.  Plus: my novel related to The Band and Big Pink.