Classic Rock Pick: Max Yasgur
February 8th, 1973 was a sad day for the music world. It was on that day that Max Yasgur passed away from a heart attack. Max was only 53.
He was the owner of the farm where the famous 1969 Woodstock Festival was held in Upstate New York. After agreeing to have the festival held on his property, Max received great support and a lot of threats and complaints.
Max held his ground, and of course, the festival went as planned, but no one at that time would have known how famous this festival would become. Max eventually sold his farm and is now where the Bethel Woods for the Performing Arts Center is located.
So many great acts made an appearance at Woodstock, including Mountain, Canned Heat, The Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, The Band, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Ten Years After and many more.
To honor the legacy of Max Yasgur, let's enjoy Joe Cocker performing With A Little Help From My Friends at Woodstock.