They Say If You Remember the '60s, You're Really, Really Old

West Coast pride aside, Monterey Pop came first, having introduced Hendrix and The Who (not to mention Janis Joplin) to American audiences a good two years before Woodstock's four entrepreneurs floated the idea of having their own, East Coast version. But if you're a stickler for numbers, Woodstock was bigger, and the images — thanks to Michael Wadleigh's 1970 Oscar-winning documentary of the same name — of those 32 bands on that fateful three-day weekend are forever etched, from damn, dirty hippies standing knee-deep in mud and bathing in a lake to Hendrix's electrified "Star-Spangled Banner" at dawn. And let's not forget Santana's "Soul Sacrifice," easily a festival highlight (West Coast!). With an introduction by Hal Lifson, author of 1966! The Coolest Year in Pop Culture History, the American Cinematheque screens a 40th anniversary director's cut of Woodstock, featuring more than 40 minutes of extended and never-before-seen performances by Canned Heat, Jefferson Airplane, Joplin and Hendrix.
Fri., Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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