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  • The concert itself and many of the performances.
    • Because of the difficulties getting the acts to the farm early enough, Richie Havens was asked to keep playing longer than scheduled for padding. Running out of material, he pulls up a classic spiritual "Motherless Child," adds some improvised lyrics, and belts out "Freedom". It ended up becoming one of the defining songs of the festival. You can see his daishiki drenched in sweat as he finally walks off-stage.
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    • "GIMME AN F!"
    • Michael Shrieve, twenty years old, delivering a fiery drum solo in the middle of Santana's "Soul Sacrifice". Generally regarded as one of the greatest moments of the festivalnote , and by some as one of the best drum solos *ever*.
  • The sonic boom of Jimi Hendrix performing "The Star Spangled Banner." One of the most iconic renditions of the national anthem ever given.
    • Afterward, Hendrix appeared on Dick Cavett's talk show, where Cavett gave him some grief that people might hate Hendrix's version. Jimi's reponse? "Naw, man, I thought it was beautiful!"
  • There's the sight of a half a million people clapping the rhythm to a song..
  • On the other hand, there's the scene with The Who's performance where the building music of "We're Not Going to Take it" coincides with sunrise, which proves so awesome that The Who arranged special lighting for future concerts to recreate the effect.
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  • The nuns flashing the peace sign.
  • The Port-O-San maintenance guynote , keeping them clean for 500,000 people. Roger Ebert mentioned him in every review - he did several for each re-release of the documentary over the decades - and in one of them called the Port-O-San guy a hero.


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