Thursday, November 7, 2019

Up Against the Wall, Motherf*#@er - The Woodstock Show

On Tuesday, August 19, 1969, Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchell, and David Crosby and Stephen Stills appeared on The Dick Cavett Show. It is now often referred to as "The Woodstock Show," as each of the performers (except Mitchell), and Cavett’s audience, came directly from the concert for the taping the afternoon before the show aired. Stephen Stills pointed out the mud from the concert venue still on his pant leg. 

Jefferson Airplane's performance marked the first time the word "fuck" was uttered on television during their latest song, soon to be released as a single from Volunteers, "We Can Be Together."

Joni Mitchell sang "Chelsea Morning," "Willy," "For Free," and "The Fiddle and the Drum," a cappella.

David Crosby, joining the Airplane played "Somebody to Love," and Still performed "4 + 20."

The credits rolled as everybody, aside from Mitchell, participated in an instrumental jam as the audience danced. Jimi Hendrix was scheduled to join the others but was unable to appear at the afternoon taping only a few hours after he performed at Woodstock.

Only 28,000 of the half-million strong saw Jimi, Miles among them.

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