It was forty years ago tomorrow, on August 17, 1969, that Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young first introduced themselves to the "half a million strong" at Max Yasgur's farm near Woodstock, New York.
It was nearly 4:00 a.m. when Graham Nash, Steven Stills and David Crosby finally took the stage. As they did, a musical legend that influenced an entire generation was born.
CSN were soon to be joined on stage by Neil Young, thirty minutes into the 16 song performance. The full Woodstock setlist included:
Suite Judy Blue Eyes / Blackbird / Helplessly Hoping / Guinnevere / Marrakesh Express /4 + 20 / Mr Soul / Wonderin' / You Don't Have To Cry / Pre-Road Downs / Long Time Gone / Bluebird Revisited / Sea Of Madness / Wooden Ships / Find The Cost Of Freedom / 49 Bye-Byes
I mean, Graham and I really love working just the two of us cause we get to do some kinds of things that are unwieldy to do with the bigger bands. We love working with Crosby, Stills & Nash, it’s like a pair of shoes that you’ve had for twenty years and you put them on, you know? It just feels good. It’s easy and good and it works, and we love it. And then you know, every once in awhile Neil wants to work with us and he does, we get big. And that’s fun. Big is fun too. Every way of doing it, right from that down to a solo show with myself and one guitar, is a really good valid part of the thing. And it’s very good for you to keep doing it a lot of different ways so that you don’t get stuck.