New DVD and Blu-ray versions of
Woodstock: The Director's Cut release this week -- containing an hour of never-before-seen performances. Which makes this an excellent time to pay homage to a few favorite summer-of-make-love-not-war Woodstock-Hollywood, scene-song jams.
(Note: Songs performed at Woodstock means no Doors, Dylan, or Zeppelin ...)
Memorable song: "White Rabbit," Jefferson Airplane
Memorable moment: "The worm's turned ..." What could be more soldier-in-Wonderland trippy than putting your lips on Willem Dafoe's bong gun in the middle of the Vietnam war?
Memorable song: More than one worth recalling, including Jefferson Airplane's "Volunteers," Hendrix's "Hey Joe," and Canned Heat's "Let's Work Together."
Memorable moment: Respectively, a Washington monument protest rally/Jenny-Gump reunion, Lieutenant Dan defending his dim-witted friend against a hooker's insults, Forrest making a stand against domestic violence.
Memorable song: A movie-music montage of '60s/'70s classics, Woodstock-sung and not.
Memorable moment: "Sparks," The Who, a life-changing, rock 'n' roll catalyst, bequeathed by William Miller's rebellious sister.
Sure, the drug-buzzed, Alice or Alex in Wonderland melodies of '60s revolutionaries mix well with the shock of war and political protest, but that doesn't mean they don't suit other situations.
Memorable song: "Bad Moon Rising," Creedence Clearwater Revival
Memorable moment: Full moon? Bad moon -- for reluctant werewolves.
Memorable song: "Foxy Lady," Jimi Hendrix
Memorable moment: Garth's groovy diner daydream about serenading the Foxy Lady of his fantasies (Donna Dixon) while he does the possessed-pelvis thrust.
Should have been there ...
I know, they weren't at Woodstock, but they should have been so I'm squeezing in this honorable mention.
Memorable song: "The End," The Doors
Memorable moment: At the beginning and the end of Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece, this tune eerily captures the psychedelic doomsday madness (and "horrrr-orrr" of war).