Music disccusion | Reading homework help

You will need to view several scenes from the movie “Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music”. In order to do this, the DVD can be checked out and viewed in the library (the call number is ML38.W66 W6 1997). You can find it by going to the Course Reserves page and searching the class number (107OL). Also, you can rent the DVD from just about anywhere (it won an Oscar for best documentary feature, so most places have it) or it can be rented or streamed from various online sources. Make sure that you get the Director’s Cut. You are going to be watching selected performances, not the whole movie. The scenes that must be viewed are listed in the discussion questions.

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** Important: Make sure that you obtain the Directors’ Cut of “Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music”, because the scene numbers we’ll be discussing are referenced to this version. There is a copy on reserve at the Oviatt Library (in the media room on the 2nd floor). It can also be rented, streamed, or purchased at various online sites.


For this discussion you will be watching the following performances and comparing/contrasting them: 


(note: if you are using a DVD, go by the Scene numbers; the DVD is double-sided. If you are streaming use the Time locations; depending on your source these may vary a little). 


Side Scene Time Artist Song
A 17 1:01:17 The Who Summertime Blues
A 22 1:18:30 Joe Cocker & The Grease Band With a Little Help From My Friends
A 28 1:47:15 Crosby, Stills & Nash Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
B 8 2:32:32 Country Joe McDonald I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die-Rag
B 11 2:43:44 Santana Soul Sacrifice
B 12 2:53:21 Sly and the Family Stone I Want to Take You Higher
B 18 3:23:10 Jimi Hendrix The Star-Spangled Banner/Purple Haze


  1. Which solo performance impressed you the most, the drum solo by Mike Shrieve (drummer for Santana) on “Soul Sacrifice,” or the solo guitar version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Jimi Hendrix? Explain your reasons.
  2. Which front man (lead singer) performance did you think was the most powerful, Joe Cocker on “With a Little Help From My Friends,” or Sly Stone on “I Want to Take You Higher”? Explain why. 
  3. Although the Woodstock Music Festival took place almost 40 years ago, many of the performances and their implied messages are relevant to current trends in music and American culture today.Which performances do you think are relevant? Which aren’t? Give reasons.
  4. Overall, which performance did you find the most enjoyable/powerful/interesting? Which was the least? Tell us why. 

(Assignment hint: getting a little background information on the artists and songs will be very helpful. Try using a search engine such as Google, or an online encyclopedia such as Wikipedia.)

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