And now class, time for this week’s lesson from Z’s School of Hard Rocks. If you’ve seen the movie Woodstock or listened to the Woodstock album then you have seen or heard The Who’s performance the highlights of which were Tommy and Summertime Blues. But something happened during their performance that never made the movie or the album.
As they were doing their performance on that Sunday morning, Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman was sitting on the stage with concert organizer Michael Lang. Hoffman had been working in the medical tent since the opening of the festival. He was also high on LSD. Hoffman had become increasingly determined to call attention to the plight of a guy named John Sinclair who had been given a 10-year prison sentence for passing two marijuana cigarettes to an undercover narcotics officer. So Hoffman jumped on stage during a brief break in the Who’s performance, grabbed the microphone and shouted quote, “I think this is a pile of (you know what) while John Sinclair rots in prison!” Peter Townsend yelled at him “F-off. F-off my f-ing stage and struck Hoffman with his guitar. Hoffman jumped off the stage and disappeared into the crowd.
And that is this week’s See Me Feel Me lesson from Z’s School of Hard Rocks.