How Well Do You Know Woodstock?

By: Elizabeth Lavis

How Well Do You Know Woodstock?
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About This Quiz

Woodstock lives on in American culture and our collective imagination; a manifestation of the peace and love generation that sprung out of the late 1960s and early 1970s. All of the biggest musical influencers of the time were there, including bands and performers from all over the world. There have been many attempts to duplicate Woodstock, but none of them have ever lived up to the glory of that original festival. It is truly an iconic part of history that can never be re-created!

The roster of musical talent is almost as famous as the festival itself. From the biggest funk and soul names in the industry to folksy superstars who sang ballads calling for the end of violence and war, Woodstock was a collection of talent the world had never seen before, and you could attend for a comparably low cost. Woodstock had it all; great music, a true sense of community and a deep political purpose.

Those who went to Woodstock will never forget the experience, but even people who weren't lucky enough to be flower children during that amazing time can name many of the artists who performed. How well do you know the music and history of Woodstock? 

Janis Joplin This iconic superstar took the stage at Woodstock. Who was she?
Joni Mitchell
Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin is one of the most famous musicians of her era, creating and performing soulful songs like "Piece of my Heart" and "Me and Bobby McGee". She tragically died at the age of 27.
Olivia Newton-John
Nico

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Vietnam War Protest What divisive event was occurring during Woodstock?
The Great Depression
The New Deal
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War bitterly divided the United States during the 1960s and 1970s, and it drastically impacted the music scene. Some of the most iconic musicians at Woodstock were known for their protest songs.
Y2K

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Santana What fan fave combined rock and roll with Latin jazz for an intoxicating sound at Woodstock?
Canned Heat
Santana
Carlos Santana's signature sound is an infectious blend of rock and roll and Latin jazz. Santana is still popular today, pairing up with artists such as Rob Thomas on catchy tunes.
Grateful Dead
Creedence Clearwater Revival

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The Who What band, whose rock opera "Tommy" smashed the music charts, made an appearance at Woodstock?
Ten Years After
The Band
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
The Who
The Who was one of the biggest names at Woodstock. They have an impressive roster of chart-topping albums, including fan-favorite "Tommy." The Who still has a massive fan base today.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival Was a bad moon rising when they played? We'll never know. Who were they?
Sly & the Family Stone
Creedence Clearwater Revival
The unique sound of Creedence Clearwater Revival, or CCR to their fans, is so catchy that the band remains popular today. Their work has been used in movies and television shows for decades.
Ten Years After
Blood, Sweat & Tears

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Joe Cocker This British singer gets by with a little help from his friends. Who was he?
Jimi Hendrix
Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker's throaty version of "With A Little Help From My Friends," originally written and performed by the Beatles, is iconic. He played this plus many more incredible songs at Woodstock.
Paul Simon
Bob Dylan

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Jefferson Airplane Which band, fronted by Grace Slick, wowed crowds at Woodstock?
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Jefferson Airplane
Jefferson Airplane has gone through many transformations in their time, becoming Jefferson Starship and then Starship in later decades. During Woodstock, Jefferson Airplane was rocking out in their original name.
Sha Na Na
Blondie

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Woodstock1 Far out, man! Where was the original Woodstock held?
Los Angeles, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Derry, Maine
Bethel, New York
Woodstock was held in Bethel, New York. Specifically, it was held on Max Yasgur's dairy farm. Yasgur's farm is mentioned in Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's iconic song "Woodstock".

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Joan Baez She is one of the era's most popular folk musicians. Who is she?
Judy Collins
Joan Baez
Joan Baez wrote and performed some of the most iconic protest music from the 1960s, including her soulful rendition of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind." She was nicknamed "The Queen of Folk."
Diana Ross
Patsy Cline

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The Grateful Dead Who was the legendary jam band that rocked out at Woodstock?
The Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead is easily one of the most influential jam bands of all time, so of course, they graced the stage at Woodstock. To this day, they remain extremely popular worldwide.
Jefferson Airplane
Phish
The Band

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Jimi Hendrix Who was the legendary guitar master who drew massive crowds at Woodstock?
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix was easily the most influential person who performed at Woodstock. His guitar playing is the stuff of legends, and his catalog of work speaks for itself. Sadly, he passed on at 27.
John Lennon
Jim Morrison
Donovan

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Sha Na Na Which stars made their doo-wop debut at Woodstock?
The Doors
The Monkees
The Velvet Underground
Sha Na Na
Sha Na Na wowed the crowds at Woodstock with their signature doo-wop sound. They made their mark by parodying the music of the 1950s and putting their brand new spin on the tunes.

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Woodstock4 How long did the original Woodstock last?
One week
One night
Three days
Woodstock lasted for three groovy, music-soaked days of peace and music. The lineup was jammed with all of the top acts and solo performers of the time, and the 400,000 attendees got their money's worth.
Ten days

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Sly & the Family Stone Which soulful, funky band played a unique set at Woodstock?
Sly & the Family Stone
Sly & The Family Stone was one of the most popular bands to perform at Woodstock. Their pioneering sound combined soul, funk and rock, and they remain extremely popular even today.
Sha Na Na
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Ten Years After

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Johnny Winter Despite his last name, he played during the summer. Who was he?
Jimi Hendrix
Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter is still known as one of rock's most legendary guitarists. This renaissance man played a number of different instruments and was a skilled and prolific songwriter.
Donovan
Paul Simon

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John Sebastian Famous for founding The Lovin' Spoonful, he entertained the crowds at Woodstock. Who is he?
John Sebastian
John Sebastian is the founder of The Lovin' Spoonful, but he put on a solo show at Woodstock. This Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductee is famous for his harmonica work and folksy tunes.
Joe Cocker
Johnny Winter
Jimi Hendrix

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The Band Which folksy band encouraged fans to "put the weight down on me"?
The Band
The Band was famous for their ballads that combined rock and folk. They were expert storytellers and many of their songs such as "The Weight" and "Up On Cripple Creek" are still popular.
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
Cream

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Woodstock6 During what month did Woodstock take place?
September
January
August
The famous summer of love might have taken place a few years before, but Woodstock certainly closed out the summer of music and peace, with their late-summer August music festival.
May

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Sweetwater This band hit the music sweet spot at Woodstock. Which one were they?
Sweetwater
Sweetwater was originally supposed to open Woodstock, but they wound up being stuck in traffic. This classic hippie band has the distinction of being the second act at the festival.
Iron Butterfly
Country Joe and the Fish
Santana

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Iron Butterfly What '60s stars never got to play their smash hit, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", at Woodstock?
The Beatles
Iron Butterfly
Iron Butterfly got stuck in the airport while on their way to Woodstock. When they asked the festival presenters to send a private plane, the Woodstock crew responded with a coded insult.
The Who
Santana

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Richie Havens Who was the soulful star who opened the Woodstock festival?
Bert Sommer
Arlo Guthrie
Richie Havens
Richie Havens had the distinction of being Woodstock's opening act. Havens specialized in soulful covers of pop and rock songs as well as original work played in his signature style.
John B. Sebastian

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Canned Heat Which band was totally on fire at Woodstock?
Sha Na Na
Canned Heat
Canned Heat's bluesy vibe was a major hit at Woodstock, where they played to a crowd of hundreds of thousands of fans. Formed in Los Angeles in the mid-1960s, Canned Heat was an iconic band of the era.
Crosby, Stills Nash & Young
Ten Years After

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Country Joe and the Fish Who was the San Francisco psychedelic band that made a splash at Woodstock?
Country Joe and the Fish
Country Joe and the Fish was one of the most influential psychedelic groups to come out of San Francisco. They defined the music scene on the West Coast and were a prominent act at Woodstock.
Quill
Canned Heat
Mountain

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Ravi Shankar Who was one of the first musicians to perform at Woodstock?
Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar wowed the crowds at Woodstock early on, with his expert sitar playing. He was also famously a spiritual leader and very respected by the attendees and musicians at Woodstock.
John Lennon
Frank Zappa
Donovan

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Bert Sommer Whose song "Jennifer" was a smash hit at Woodstock?
John Lennon
Bert Sommer
Bert Sommer might not be the most well-known performer at Woodstock, but his classic song about romance in the age of peace and love, "Jennifer," was a hit on the opening night of the festival.
Johnny Winter
Jimi Hendrix

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Woodstock5 Woodstock was billed as a festival of what?
Musicians and Artists
Love and Flowers
Hippies and Squares
Peace and Music
Woodstock was officially promoted as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music." It is often mistaken for the festival of peace and love, but officially it was about the tunes.

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Woodstock3 Looking back, Woodstock was the musical event of the decade. How many people were there?
400,000
A staggering 400,000 attended Woodstock, which was far more than the organizers thought they'd get. Those without tickets simply strolled in through some large holes in the fence.
40,000
1,000,000
7,500

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Melanie Safka This rollerskating hippie queen is often known only by her first name. Who is she?
Melanie Safka
Melanie Safka is better known simply as "Melanie," and her song "Brand New Key" is a whimsical romp through teenage love. It was also featured in the popular movie "Boogie Nights."
Joan Baez
Janis Joplin
Judy Collins

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Arlo Guthrie Which folksy fave serenaded the crowd at Woodstock?
Jimi Hendrix
John B. Sebastian
Joe Cocker
Arlo Guthrie
Arlo Guthrie is famous for his folksy style that often weaves in a bit of Americana with themes of longing and change. His famous song, "The City of New Orleans," is a classic example.

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Crosby, Stills Nash & Young A band of all-stars, they were a huge draw at Woodstock. Who were they?
The Beatles
Led Zepplin
The Yardbirds
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
All of the members of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are superstars in their own right. They were skilled songwriters, and their music is still beloved today. Many of them went on to have amazing solo careers.

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Paul Butterfield Blues Band What harmonica masters made crowds swoon at Woodstock?
The Animals
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Paul Butterfield was a true Renaissance man whose ability to play a number of instruments flawlessly won him, and his band, recognition during the experimental music era of the 1960s.
Pink Floyd
The Byrds

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The Incredible String Band What psychedelic British band wowed crowds at the famous festival?
Canned Heat
The Incredible String Band
The Incredible String Band was a psychedelic folk band who crossed the pond to come play at Woodstock. Known sometimes by their initials, ISB, this band was very popular in the 1960s.
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Sly & the Family Stone

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The Keef Hartley Band Which British band crossed the pond to perform at Woodstock?
The Keef Hartley Band
The Keef Hartley Band is a play on the singer's first name, Keith Hartley. This British cult favorite energized crowds in the middle of the festival and kept the party going strong.
Canned Heat
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Jefferson Airplane

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Quill What literary-named band got a shot at fame at Woodstock?
Santana
Grateful Dead
Quill
Quill might be one of the more obscure bands to grace the stage at Woodstock, but at the time they were a fan favorite in New England. Their album "Flipping Off The Devil" is a fan favorite.
The Beatles

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Blood, Sweat & Tears Whose jazzy-rock upbeat style went over big at Woodstock?
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blood, Sweat & Tears was known for their upbeat style that expertly combined rock and roll and jazz. Their tunes are catchy, extremely fun and are still routinely played even today.
The Beach Boys
The Kinks

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Ten Years After Which British top 40 pop stars took the stage at Woodstock?
The Band
Crosby, Stills Nash & Young
Ten Years After
Ten Years After was a bluesy British band that routinely hit the top-40 charts across the pond. They were well received at Woodstock, too. Their popularity peaked in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Bee Gees

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Tim Hardin Which top 40 hippie fave played on the inaugural night of Woodstock?
Arlo Guthrie
Jimi Hendrix
Tim Hardin
Tim Hardin's top 40 smash hit "If I Were A Carpenter" was covered by a dazzling array of groovy musicians in the 1960s, including Johnny Cash. Unfortunately, this musician struggled with personal problems, including heroin addiction.
John B. Sebastian

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Mountain Who hailed from the East Coast and rocked out at Woodstock?
The Who
Jefferson Airplane
Mountain
Mountain is most famous for their 1970 classic rock hit, "Mississippi Queen" as well as dominating the stage at Woodstock. These Long Island boys definitely brought it during the middle of the festival.
Ten Years After

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Woodstock2 How much did it cost to attend the whole Woodstock festival?
$100
$5
$24
Such a steal! Tickets to the iconic Woodstock festival could be had for the low price of $24. Adjusted for inflation, the ticket cost would be $164.21 today, which is still a bargain!
$732

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Woodstock Time for round two! When did the iconic Woodstock festival return?
1994
Woodstock came back for round two in 1994. A whole new generation of modern hippies had the chance to experience the festival. The lineup was new, with one exception: Santana performed.
1971
2009
1982

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