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Deborah Bor GE Cluster Seminar Week 2 Journal Assigned Sound Example: Woodstock 1969 The performances I watched were “I Want to Take you Higher” by Sly and the Family Stone, “I-feel-like-I’m-fixing-to-die-rag” by Country Joe McDonald, and “Izabella” by Jimi Hendrix. These three performances were of different genres, but they came together to represent as well as embrace the counterculture movement at Woodstock in 1969. More than half a million people were in attendance although by the time of Hendrix’s performance, there were only a small crowd left. People were in their natural state with their messy, often long hair and wearing either loose, casual clothing or none at all. Given their mellow image, it was interesting to see how the audience became energized and enraptured by the music played by each of the artists at the Woodstock. People responded the most to Sly and the Family Stone’s performance compared to the other performances I watched. It might be due to the genre being funk, the time of the performance at night, and how the members of the group were actively moving about on stage. There was a lot of soul characteristics such as call and response in which the crowded chanted “higher” after Sly repeatedly sang the one line “I want to take you higher” as well as his vocalization. In contrast, McDonald had to encourage the audience to chant and sing along as most of the audience were sitting down and seemed lackadaisical. However, McDonald performed by himself and did not dance around on stage. Towards the end, the song gained momentum with the audience as people starting getting up and loudly chanting the lyrics. The audience for Hendrix also seemed drained of energy, but it could be because it was towards the end of three activity packed nights of the festival. Hendrix himself seemed to be unaware of the



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