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  • Woodstock was only supposed to be 3 Days of Peace & Music, but it spilled over into Monday, August 18, 1969. Jimi Hendrix concluded the festival, coming onstage a little after 9:00 a.m. with his makeshift band he called Gypsy Sun and Rainbows. Their entire performance is presented in this special edition 2-DVD set Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock, produced by Janie Hendrix and John McDermott; co-produced by Bill Rush. Santa Monica, Calif.: Experience Hendrix LLC; Distributed by Universal Music and Video Distribution, 2005. [DVD 159] ⁣
In his liner notes, John McDermott recounts how Director Michael Wadleigh and his film crew had no idea what songs Hendrix would perform, and that it was only by chance that all the cameras had almost simultaneously run out of film near the end of the nearly 30-minute version of “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and the operators reloaded and repositioned just in time to capture Hendrix’s now legendary take on The Star Spangled Banner. This edition includes a multitude of bonus features, which you’ll see listed in the photo of the back. We encourage you to let Jimi stand next to your fire. @jimihendrix #woodstock #woodstockfestival #jimihendrix #gypsysunandrainbows #experiencehendrix #starspangledbanner #millsmusiclibrary
  • Janis Joplin and The Kozmic Blues Band went on at 2:00 a.m. on August 17, 1969, at Woodstock, following Credence Clearwater Revival. Joplin was in the throes of heroin addiction, and she and her band had been waiting for 10 hours to play after arriving on the festival grounds. Their performance wasn’t included in the 1970 documentary film or the 3-LP soundtrack, but we have a CD of it released by German label ITM Media in 1993. [COMP DISC 31734] Janis would want you to take another little piece of her heart, and to check out this CD and make your own determination about the performance. @janisjoplin #woodstock #woodstockfestival #janisjoplin #kozmicbluesband #pieceofmyheart #millsmusiclibrary
  • We’re continuing our flashback to 50 years ago and what went down on Max Yasgur’s farm. As the saying goes, if you remember the ‘60s, you weren’t there. Many do remember, though, and many writers have written many words about the 3 Days of Peace & Music (that spilled into a 4th day), including the scholars who contributed to Remembering Woodstock, edited by Andy Bennett. Aldershot, Hampshire, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2004. [ML38 W66 R46 2004] In his Introduction, Bennett writes: “The purpose of this book is to consider how and why Woodstock has achieved such iconic status. Examining a variety of issues, from Woodstock’s influence on the organization of the popular music industry to its role as purveyor of myths concerning the power of music to shape and inform political action, the chapters in this book unravel the fiction and fact about Woodstock and the popular perceptions that surround it.” Sounds groovy to us. #woodstock #woodstockfestival #rememberingwoodstock #ashgatepublishing #millsmusiclibrary
  • Woodstock Music & Art Fair, billed as An Aquarian Exposition and 3 Days of Peace & Music, commenced 50 years ago this evening at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, NY. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? Perhaps you were there? Perhaps it’s never pierced your consciousness? We have a variety of materials for helping folks get themselves back to the garden, including Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More, the 3-LP set released on Cotillion Records in May 1970 to accompany the documentary film released in March 1970. [AAD7946] The “and More” portion includes what is listed at the end of Side Three as “Rainstorm, Crowd Sounds, Announcements & General Hysteria.” The credits also include that “stage announcements are by Chip Monck, John Morris, Hugh Romney & Muskrat.” Want the experience of listening to all 139 minutes on vinyl? Come on, come in, check it out. #woodstock #woodstockmusicandartfair #woodstockfestival #norain #maxyasgursfarm #millsmusiclibrary
  • Steve Martin is celebrating his 74th birthday today, and we’re celebrating his lifelong love of the banjo. In his liner notes for The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo [COMP DISC 23673], his 2009 album on Rounder Records, he writes: “I can’t imagine the vacancy I would have had in my life without this peculiar instrument running through it.” @stevemartintogo @rounderrecords ⁣
In his liner notes for The Steve Martin Brothers [BIB 6997163], his 1981 album on Warner Brothers Records that has him doing comedy on one side and playing banjo on the other, he writes: “Note for note, banjo music is the cheapest music available in America today. While the average rock song has 75 to 100 notes per song, banjo music can have a full 200 to 300 notes per song, not including fade-outs.” Martin revisited a handful of the songs he’d written and recorded on this album for The Crow, for which he won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards in 2010. Long may he play! @warnerrecords ⁣
#stevemartin #banjo #banjomusic #bluegrass #rounderrecords #warnerbrosrecords #millsmusiclibrary
  • New Book. The Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance, by Vanessa Cornett. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2019. [ML3830 .C62 2019] Cornett is Director of Keyboard Studies and Associate Professor of Music at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, where she teaches classes in music performance, teaching, mindfulness, and the contemplative nature of art and music. @uofstthomasmn A certified meditation instructor, she frequently lectures and publishes on topics of mindfulness, performance psychology, anxiety management, and mental skills for musicians. @mindfulmusician.vanessacornett ⁣
In The Mindful Musician, Cornett offers guidelines to help musicians cultivate artistic vision, objectivity, freedom, quiet awareness, and self-compassion, both on- and offstage in order to become more resilient performers. #mindfulmusician #mindfulness #mentalskills #peakperformance #meditationformusicians #millsmusiclibrary
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