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Woodstock at 50 Exhibit

Dive into the behind-the-scenes memories and music of Woodstock fifty years after the festival took place. 

Hear from original festival performers Michael Carabello of Santana and Freddie Stone of Sly and the Family Stone as they recall some of their favorite impressions of the festival, the artists they played with and more. 

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Open: May 1

closing: end of 2019

location: Level 0, Main Exhibit hall

It’s been nearly 50 years since Woodstock generated legendary musical moments and catapulted an entire festival culture.

Groups and artists such as Sly & The Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and many others defined a new set of sound. Woodstock 50 celebrates the ambition and ingenuity of those who mounted the festival to the performers who played it gaining a deeper understanding of the various faces of Woodstock and how it changed the music industry forever.

The new Woodstock 50 exhibit features rare prints, performance outfits, video footage, tickets, original signage and more. Highlights include:

  • A photo exhibit with rare prints and contact sheets from renowned photographer Jim Marshall. Marshall captured the festival’s most raw and intimate moments from the three-day festival. The Rock Hall is the only museum in the country celebrating Woodstock with Marshall’s collection.
  • Jimi Hendrix (1992 Rock Hall Inductee) guitar strap used at Woodstock 1969 to deliver a mesmerizing set featuring his rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to a dwindling crowd of 180,000 who toughed it through the last hours of Woodstock, along with his handwritten lyrics to “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return),” the last song he would ever perform live.  
  • Hand-drawn map of festival grounds with aerial views highlighting prominent locations and a telegram from festival organizer Michael Lang envisioning the event documented from every angle with plans to secure the filming and clearance for showing footage after the festival.
  • Rare video footage from the Rock Hall collection captured during Woodstock ’69 with candid moments offering new perspectives of festivalgoers.
  • John Sebastian (2000 Rock Hall Inductee) of the Lovin’ Spoonful performance outfit from his unscheduled appearance at Woodstock. He traveled to the festival as a spectator but was asked to appear when the organizers suddenly needed an acoustic performer after a rain break.
  • Billie Joe Armstrong (2015 Rock Hall Inductee) shoes worn at Woodstock ’94, nicknamed “Mudstock” partly due to Green Day’s performance. Days of rain turned the venue into a field of mud and as Armstrong taunted the audience with “I don’t care what you do, I don’t want to be a mud hippie like you,” an enormous mud fight ensued.

Jim Marshall Photography

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