How Much Each Artist Earned From Playing Woodstock

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Woodstock was a music festival that took place in August 1969. It drew an incredible crowd, way more than they anticipated! About a half a million people went to see their favorite artists at Woodstock. Half a million! Have you ever been curious about what these artists were paid for performing at one of the most popular music festivals of all time?

Some of the most famous acts at Woodstock were Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and Joe Cocker. These days concerts and music festivals are getting more and more expensive. Apparently, if you bought out an entire venue for Justin Timberlake, it would cost you $1 million! Do you remember the good old days when concerts were super cheap and didn’t cost a small fortune?

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See a list of what different Woodstock performers were paid

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Jimi Hendrix / Flickr

According to Consequence of Sound, here is the price list for each famous performer at Woodstock in 1969. If you guessed Jimi Hendrix, you were right!

1. Jimi Hendrix – $18,000
2. Blood, Sweat and Tears – $15,000
3. Joan Baez – $10,000
4. Creedence Clearwater Revival – $10,000
5. The Band – $7,500
6. Janis Joplin – $7,500
7. Jefferson Airplane – $7,500
8. Sly and the Family Stone – $7,000

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Janis Joplin / Wikipedia

9. Canned Heat – $6,500
10. The Who – $6,250
11. Richie Havens – $6,000
12. Arlo Guthrie – $5,000
13. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – $5,000
14. Ravi Shankar – $4,500
15. Johnny Winter – $3,750
16. Ten Years After – $3,250
17. Country Joe and the Fish – $2,500

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Grateful Dead / Wikipedia

18. Grateful Dead – $2,500
19. The Incredible String Band – $2,250
20. Mountain – $2,000
21. Tim Hardin – $2,000
22. Joe Cocker – $1,375
23. Sweetwater – $1,250

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Santana / ipernity

24. John B. Sebastian – $1,000
25. Melanie – $750
26. Santana – $750
27. Sha Na Na – $700
28. Keef Hartley – $500
29. Quill – $375

Jimi Hendrix was the highest-paid performer at Woodstock! He was very popular at the time and made quite a bit more than everyone else. The band Blood, Sweat and Tears were a close second just coming in with $3,000 less than Jimi.

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Woodstock / Wikimedia Commons

Did anything on this list surprise you?

Santana, one of the greatest guitarists of all time, only took in $750? While we know that inflation has a bit to do with the crazy prices, all of these still seem so low! Woodstock really put many of these artists on the map, so I bet they aren’t too upset about the low paycheck now.

Did any of these paychecks for these artists surprise you? Did you guess the highest-paid performer correctly?

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Reminisce and watch the video below of Jimi Hendrix performing at Woodstock. Were you there to see him live?

Remember that famous photo of the couple at Woodstock?

They are still together! Can you believe that? See what they look like now.

What do you think?

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