Remembering Woodstock: Naked men, bounced checks and LSD

(Reuters) – Jason Stone played hooky from summertime camp and tripped on LSD-spiked watermelon, Graham Nash was so large his reminiscences of carrying out are hazy, and Robin Naylor, at 15, noticed her original bare man.

Stone, Nash and Naylor have been just a handful of the added than 450,000 individuals who attended, or carried out at, Woodstock in 1969, and every has a exceptional tale to inform as the music pageant that outlined an time period marks its 50th anniversary this seven days.

Correct right here are highlights of some of them:

Jason Stone was 17 and knowledgeable a summertime job as a camp counselor in upstate New York when he and a good friend established to obtain off, without the need of the require of permission, and hitch a journey to the competitors.

“We didn’t have a tent, we did not have any products, we didn’t have something but the clothing on our back. A handful of dollars in our pocket,” he recalled.

They ran into a further individual they know, and shared a compact tent, exactly where they had been offered some watermelon.

“Little did I know that this watermelon was injected at some time in advance of we got there with LSD, and that we have been about to expertise a thing pretty powerful,” Stone described.

Stone shed his get the job done at the summer time months camp, but the competitors knowledgeable offered him a fashion for the audio smaller organization. Correct soon after a whole lot of yrs carrying out at dwell effectiveness promoters Reside Nation he now has his individual corporation which assists organize concerts at the original Woodstock pageant world wide web webpage in Bethel Woods, New York.

“I understood just after Woodstock that (after) the expertise I had there, I wanted to be in the music business enterprise and required to be element of what Woodstock was,” he claimed.


Woodstock marked only the 2nd remain basic public basic effectiveness by folk rock band Crosby, Stills and Nash, who opened their established with their acoustic, shut harmony hit solitary “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.”

Nash remembers traveling into Woodstock by helicopter just soon after darkish.

“Thousands and hundreds of individuals. Rain. Mud. Candles. People today. Murmuring. Seem. It was unbelievable,” he stated.

“The dimension of a thing like Woodstock – points get incredibly hazy. They get extremely hazy if you are straight. They get amazingly hazy if you had been significant. And that is what we had been so I have incredibly couple of recollections of conversation backstage,” Nash additional.

Even even though waiting close to to carry out, the band was fewer concerned about the broad audience than the response of their buddies and “all of the men and women we loved standing on the side of the stage thinking irrespective of whether this new band, Crosby, Stills and Nash, could do what their record was. How are they gonna do this live, you know?”


William Ellsworth was a 20-yr-previous volunteer mounted police officer on his 1st substantial detail.

“Nobody gave us a tricky time, genuinely. No person was antagonistic or anything at all like that. It was not a hostile group by any indicates. They were there for the songs, and whatever else was there,” Ellsworth claimed.

Woodstock was notable for widespread drug use by performers and admirers, even though only about 100 arrests have been constructed and there had been no reported incidents of violence.

“I feel frequent perception prevailed, essentially. There wasn’t significantly you could do. I noticed some people smoking cigarettes weed, cannabis and stuff. But… there was nobody to transform them around to, in any case. So, it would have just been a piece of paper and ‘see ya’,” reported Ellsworth.


Jocko Marcellino was a singer, drummer and songwriter for the fledgling band Sha Na Na when Jimi Hendrix served get them onto the Woodstock invoice. As the hrs passed, Sha Na Na held acquiring bumped just ahead of Hendrix insisted they get the phase as the penultimate act.

“Looking out at the crowd, by then it would search like a refugee camp… and we have been exhausted largely since we ended up out there all weekend and we eventually obtained on.

“Woodstock was all about all of these males and ladies cooperating and acquiring by usually means of that weekend with every other… It was a universe of its possess and it will in no way be recurring after extra,” Marcellino stated.

“We received compensated $350. The verify bounced.”


Robin Naylor turned 15 a week proper ahead of Woodstock and went with two of her sisters, without the need of telling their rigid father.

She remembers marveling at how Janice Joplin could sing, eat and smoke a cigarette at the really very same time.

“I am pondering how much far more smoke was coming out as she’s singing “Piece of My Coronary heart Baby” and her facial spot was entirely grey. She was fantastic, but I was hunting (and) I was considering her knowledge is gray,” she explained.

Someplace else, Naylor’s sister slipped in the mud and down into a makeshift privy, ruining her prized moccasin boots.

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“She had fallen into a gap where by people today experienced been working with it mainly because there have been no… appropriate? So it is all more than her… She was so proud of her moccasin boots. She was crying,” Naylor claimed.

“You forgot that you had been chilly, hungry and moist… My sister Patty described, ‘Don’t get in just about something, do not drink anything’ since there have been a ton of issues heading all close to and we have been becoming youthful younger kids.

“People had been swimming naked. Oh my god! I noticed my original naked gentleman at Woodstock. Oh wow! Yeah. I was horrified.”

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