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Joni Mitchell – Woodstock

August 18, 2009 | 1970, Album Cuts, Female, Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell was not at the Woodstock Music and Art Festival, but she composed the song that many consider the anthem of the festival. Her manager felt that it was more important to be at a taping of the Dick Cavett Show and was afraid had she gone to the festival she would not have been able to make it.

While the festival was taking place she sat in her New York hotel room watching reports and began writing the song. She was also in a relationship with Graham Nash, who was there as part of Crosby Stills and Nash, and she heard from him his first hand experiences.

About a month after the festival she performed Woodstock at at the 1969 Big Sur Folk Festival. That’s where this comes from.

The song later went on to be hits for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and Matthews Southern Comfort

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