Woodstock Trivia

Think you know all the groovy details about Woodstock? Test your knowledge, see how many you can get right, and then test your friends.  Answers and additional trivia are listed at the bottom. Here we go…

  1. Was Woodstock named a fair, festival, exposition or all three?
  2. What year did Woodstock take place?
  3. How many acts performed at the event?
  4. What astronomical sign is often associated with Woodstock?
  5. What connection does Sri Swami Satchidananda have to Woodstock?
  6. Name the band that performed that had an animal in its name?
  7. Who was the first official performer of Woodstock?
  8. What is the name of the man who owned the land where Woodstock took place?
  9. Which of the following songs were performed by Arlo Guthrie: Wheel of Fortune, Amazing Grace, Every Hand in the Land, Walking Down the Line?
  10. Which of the following fashion trends is not associated with Woodstock: headbands, fringe, vests, fannypack, halter tops, tie-dye, maxi skirts, baby-doll minis, or peasant blouses?
  11. About how many people attended the festival?
  12. How long were the traffic jams leading up to the festival?
  13. This Woodstock performance was only this bands third gig, who was it?
  14. What war was going on during Woodstock?
  15. What town did the Woodstock Music and Art Fair of 1969 take place?
  16. Which band performed the song “Turn On Your Lovelight”?
  17. What is the actual time the festival started on Friday August 15th?
  18. Due to the traffic jams of the New York Thruway, how did many of the highest profile performers get to the festival to perform?
  19. What part did Wavy Gravy play at the festival?
  20. Which act started playing at 5:00 am on Sunday and was briefly interrupted by Abbie Hoffman?
  21. How much did a bottle of water cost at Woodstock?
  22. Which singer was pregnant when she performed at Woodstock?
  23. Which rock and roll group later went on to host a syndicated variety series of the same name?
  24. What weather condition plagued the festival?
  25. Who was the music promoter for Woodstock?
  26. Which scheduled performer didn’t perform because they were stuck at LaGuardia airport in NY?
  27. Who designed the poster for the Woodstock Festival?
  28. Who was the last performer of the event?

 

So how did you do? Check your answers below.

 

  1. Was Woodstock named a fair, festival, exposition or all three?

Answer: All three. It was billed as the Woodstock Music and Art Fair presents An Aquarian Exposition in White Lake, NY – Three Days of Peace and Music, but has also been called the Woodstock Music Festival.

 

  1. What year did Woodstock take place?

Answer: 1969

It took place August 15th to August 18th. Earlier in the year, Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as the 37th President of the United States, and Neil Armstrong took first steps on the moon.

 

  1. How many acts performed at the event?

Answer: 32

 

  1. What astronomical sign is often associated with Woodstock?

Answer: Aquarius

The subtitle of the event itself was promoted as “An Aquarian Exposition”, but even further than that has become identified as synonymous with hippies, counter culture and the “Woodstock Generation”. The term Age of Aquarius was cemented into sixties culture with the medley Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In performed in the 1967 musical Hair and also performed and brought to mainstream charts by The 5th Dimension.

 

  1. What connection does Sri Swami Satchidananda have to Woodstock?

Sri Swami Satchindananda was a religious teacher, spiritualist & author who gave the opening invocation at Woodstock. His speech started with, “My beloved brothers and sisters…”

 

  1. Name the band that performed that had an animal in its name?

Answer: Country Joe and The Fish

The band was a psychedelic rock group with lead singer Joseph Allen “Country Joe” McDonald. Joe played on Saturday of the festival and then played together with The Fish on Sunday.

 

  1. Who was the first official performer of Woodstock?

Answer: Richie Havens

Richie Havens performed for three hours, mainly because many of the performers who were scheduled after him had difficulty getting to the venue due to traffic issues.

 

  1. What is the name of the man who owned the land where Woodstock took place?

Answer: Max Yasgur

Max Yasgur, a Sullivan County NY dairy farmer, offered 600 acres of his land for use for the music festival after the permit at the original location was revoked a month before the scheduled event. But often a misconception, the event didn’t take place on his farm, but instead on one of the hay fields he owned several miles away.

 

  1. Which of the following songs were performed by Arlo Guthrie: Wheel of Fortune, Amazing Grace, Every Hand in the Land, Walking Down the Line?

Answer: All of them!

 

  1. Which of the following fashion trends is not associated with Woodstock: headbands, fringe, vests, fannypack, halter tops, tie-dye, maxi skirts, baby-doll minis, or peasant blouses?

Answer: fannypack

 

  1. About how many people attended the festival?

Answer: 400,000

 

  1. How long were the traffic jams leading up to the festival?

Answer: 20 miles

 

  1. This Woodstock performance was only this bands third gig, who was it?

Answer: Mountain

 

  1. What war was going on during Woodstock?

Answer: The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War lasted for approximately twenty years, from November 1955 until April 1975.

 

  1. What town did the Woodstock Music and Art Fair of 1969 take place?

Answer: Bethel, NY

Bethel is a town near White Lake in the Catskill Mountains in upstate NY.  The festival was originally planned to be held in Woodstock, NY but a suitable spot couldn’t be secured. Then it was planned for Wallkill, NY but the permits were revoked a month before the scheduled festival.

 

  1. Which band performed the song “Turn On Your Lovelight”?

Answer: The Grateful Dead

 

  1. What is the actual time the festival started on Friday August 15th?

Answer: 5:07 pm

 

  1. Due to the traffic jams of the New York Thruway, how did many of the highest profile performers get to the festival to perform?

Answer: helicopter

Not all were so lucky, some acts didn’t get to perform simply because they couldn’t get there.

 

  1. What part did Wavy Gravy play at the festival?

Answer: He was an announcer at the festival famous for saying, “What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000.”

 

  1. Which act started playing at 5:00 am on Sunday and was briefly interrupted by Abbie Hoffman?

The Who

 

  1. How much did a bottle of water cost at Woodstock?

Answer: $4.00

 

  1. Which singer was pregnant when she performed at Woodstock?

Answer: Joan Baez

Her son Gabriel was born in December of the same year.

 

  1. Which rock and roll group later went on to host a syndicated variety series of the same name?

Answer: Sha Na Na

 

  1. What weather condition plagued the festival?

Answer: Rain

 

  1. Who was the music promoter for Woodstock?

Answer: Artie Kornfeld

 

  1. Which scheduled performer didn’t perform because they were stuck at LaGuardia airport in NY?

Answer: Iron Butterfly

 

  1. Who designed the poster for the Woodstock Festival?

Answer: Arnold Skolnick

David Edward Byrd was originally commissioned to design the poster but many local venues wouldn’t display it, so a second design was commissioned and Arnold Skolnick’s poster is the one most associated & recognized with the festival.

 

  1. Who was the last performer of the event?

Answer: Jimi Hendrix

 

So how did you do?