Trivia / Wood Stock

  • Academy Award: The movie won the Best Documentary Feature laurel in 1970.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Wavy Gravy did not say "don't take the brown acid." It was Chip Monck who made the announcement, and it actually went:
    To get back to the warning that Iíve received, you might take it with however many grains of salt you wish, that the brown acid that is circulating around us is not specifically too good. It's suggested that you do stay away from that. Of course itís your own trip, so be my guest.
    • Wavy came on a minute later to explain that the brown acid wasn't poisoned, it just wasn't very good. Erowid contributor OC Rocker said the brown acid was ''too'' good; it was so smooth you didn't realize you were tripping, you'd take a little more... A Hog Farm medic said both could have been true as there were actually several batches of acid with a brown color. Neil Young remembered brown acid being offered to the musicians backstage.
  • Demand Overload: Woodstock was provisioned for less than 50,000, but they sold 100,000 tickets. Then 400,000 more people showed up. The promoters begged the locals to make sandwiches so the concertgoers wouldn't starve and the U.S. National Guard airlifted food in.
    • On the original album, you can hear an announcement by coordinator Wavy Gravy about a hamburger guy who had his stand burn down the night before. This wasn't vandalism. His stove overheated and caught fire. Food for Love, the official concession, turned out to be a cult who jacked the prices way up — and did get their stand burned down on purpose.
  • Doing It for the Art: The original '69 festival stuck to it's message of peace and love, with cooperation from locals and the American armed forced, all of whom pitched in when the festival was oversold. The crowd famously made light of the many shortcomings, such as late acts and bad weather, and the bands all sang songs of change and optimism, if they didn't outright rock!
  • Franchise Killer: Woodstock 99.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Unlike the original, however, Woodstock '99 was sponsored by banks and web services, a big reason everything was infamously overpriced.
  • What Could Have Been: Acts who missed, declined or were unable to perform at the first Woodstock when the offer was made include Led Zeppelinnote , The Beatlesnote , John Lennonnote , The Moody Bluesnote , The Byrds, Tommy James And The Shondellsnote , Spiritnote , Iron Butterfly note  Jethro Tullnote , The Beach Boys, Joni Mitchellnote , The Rolling Stonesnote , The Doorsnote , Bob Dylannote , Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Jeff Beck Group note , Chicago note , Love note , Procul Harum note  and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Roy Rogers was to have concluded the festival by singing "Happy Trails", but declined.
    • One artist who wasn't supposed to play was John Sebastian of the Lovin' Spoonful. He was sitting backstage taking LSD with friends and was asked to perform to fill in a gap between scheduled performers who hadn't arrived yet. His voice is the first one you hear on the original Woodstock record album, with his gentle ballad "I Had A Dream".
    • Many people came because they heard rumors the Beatles would reunite and/or that Bob Dylan would play (the name Woodstock came from Woodstock Ventures, the company that financed the festival, but since Dylan's home — near the originally planned site — was in the town of Woodstock, everybody naturally thought...). A few months later, Dylan left his Woodstock home for good saying it was constantly surrounded by "druggies".