On this 40th anniversary of Woodstock, I talked with David Comfort (author of “The Rock and Roll Book Of The Dead“) about some of the performers there and their far-from-great stage appearances.

Comfort said that while the crowd may have been having a wonderful time in the mud as CSN, Santana, and others launched their careers from that stage, some of the legendary acts were nothing shot of atrocious. He described in detail the condition that Janis Joplin was in, thanks to booze and drugs, and how Jimi Hendrix was almost as screwed up by the time he hit the stage on Monday morning to a crowd that had thinned out to only 30,000.

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