Coincidently Woodstock, or in this case Bethel, N.Y. was practically in Dylan’s backyard. Dylan was of course asked to perform but was sailing to England during the same period to perform at the Isle of Wight. Joni Mitchell wanted to but was talked out of it as she was scheduled to perform on the Dick Cavett show in New York which was an important and high profile late night talk show. Iron Butterfly of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vita” fame were simply too big for their britches. For starters demanded a helicopter transfer from N. Y. to the concert. After that the concert organizers didn’t return their calls. Led Zeppelin headlined their on concert in New Jersey. Robby Krieger of the Doors said they didn’t do Woodstock, “because we were stupid and turned it down.” The members of Mary’s Danish, the best alternative-rock band from the late eighties that you never heard of were probably just learning to walk when Ritchie Havens was taking the stage.
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