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September 5, 2019

Rare and Candid Backstage Snaps of Jimi Hendrix at the Woodstock Music Festival, 1969

These candid backstage Polaroids were taken by an unknown fan of Jimi Hendrix at the 1969 Woodstock. Hendrix performed early Monday morning so this would have been the last day of the festival – August 18, 1969.

Jimi Hendrix was the last to perform at the festival, and he took the stage at 8:30 Monday morning due to delays caused by the rain. The audience had peaked at an estimated 450,000 during the festival but was reduced to about 30,000 by that point; many of them merely waited to catch a glimpse of him, then left during his performance.

Hendrix and his new band Gypsy Sun and Rainbows were introduced as The Experience, but he corrected this and added: “You could call us a Band of Gypsies”. They performed a two-hour set, including his psychedelic rendition of the national anthem. The song became “part of the sixties Zeitgeist” as it was captured in the Woodstock film.

The festival was remarkably peaceful given the number of people and the conditions involved, although there were two recorded fatalities, one from insulin usage and another caused when a tractor ran over someone sleeping in a nearby hayfield. There also were two births recorded at the event, one in a car caught in traffic and another in a hospital after an airlift by helicopter; there were four miscarriages.


  1. jwalk that's a fact! That is the drummer Mitch Mitchell.

  2. Noel Redding was no longer in the experience at this point, that is definitely Mitch Mitchell!




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