Some of the most legendary artists of the sixties, in a single weekend on the same stage, the constant changes in the order of appearances and a lot more visitors than we have expected; the 15 of August, in the fifty years since the festival of Woodstock was held. In the Netherlands, the band, Strange Brew, featuring guest singers such as Paul de Munnik, and Ricky Koole is a tribute to the music of the festival.
Koole didn’t have to think twice when the producers approached to participate in the tour of Woodstock: One Night of Peace and Music, which on Saturday will be shut down in the concert hall. In honor of the festival’s songs from artists like Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Creedence Clearwater Revival is over.
“I was asked if I was part of Janis Joplin in the show me what she wanted to do. It is to be a singer where you don’t have to try at all, because its cool and in style. However, I was immediately excited,” says Koole, in a conversation with NU.nl.
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The lead singer and De Munnik each have their own idea of what Woodstock is, as legend has it that today is the day to talk about. “It was a kind of paradise; the ultimate celebration of the music, and the start-up of the festival as we know today,” says De Munnik.
“Woodstock had the role of a leader. The part of a stage dropped on it, and it’s just going to do it. It was a mess, with a lot more people than she had expected. Something like that, it would no longer be able to be done, but it was wearing at the time, though, the legend that is Woodstock,” says de Munnik.
Koole wrote in the status of the festival to be a part of the documentary Woodstock in 1970 and was released. “The documentary has contributed to the in-memory state of consciousness. The festival was, of course, is also special, because a lot of artists of that time period have not survived (Joplin and Hendrix both died, one year later, in the 1970’s, ed.)”, she says.
The music also played a big part in the a period of time that young people have, for the first time, they made up for their youth and a museum for them on the work they did. There was more wealth and hence more time and space for young people, their parents, and it is a serious life back home.”
“We are playing for people who have real memories of Woodstock’
For Koole is a Joplin-the Woodstock artist, who likes to live, to work, wanted to see it. “I’ve got a chance, never had Koole was born in 1972, ed.). and I would want to have if they are indeed real as well. I’m pretty sure, though, because she was going to be there always for you.”
De Munnik realised that all of the musicians with whom they have concerts to play later, have been born at Woodstock, took place. A large part of the audience in the time period, however, have a conscious experience. “We’re playing to people who have actual memories of Woodstock. They are just like us, full of enthusiasm for a night in. It’s great when they have those memories as to relive,” says the singer.
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“There is still a need for these types of songs’
Koole will notice when you play a song like White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane is that the music is still very much alive. “The room is filled with those who love you and you can feel the excitement as this song is being used. There is also a need to be heard on the songs, and that’s very, very good.”
Even so, the artists will not put extra pressure on the audience of the original versions, through and through. “It’s not just the coveravonden that we can do it. We’re trying to really be the atmosphere of that time back,” says Koole. De Munnik will close it. “We don’t make exact copies because we are not a Hendrix or a Joplin. The spirit of Woodstock must be crazy and out there, we are trying to play. With this feeling we go to stage.”