The “Heroes” of. . . Woodstock?

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I knew the word “hero”  was getting badly overused once we started slapping it on every single cop and firefighter who ever lived, even desk jockeys who hadn’t chased a crook in years.  Now, with the 40th anniversary of Woodstock hard upon us, rock profiteers have given the term yet another beating.

Guys, get real. Some of the Woodstock players  were good musicians and a few were even great, and Woodstock, so I hear, was a ton of muddy, anarchistic fun, but. . . heroes?

And what does this tour offer? You got the Dead without Garcia; you got the Holding Company without Janis; you got the Airplane without Grace Slick; you got the Quicksilver Messenger Service, the official band of about 5,000  people who once  lived within  five blocks of Haight-Ashbury.

Oh, and don’t forget. . . Melanie. Yes, heroic Melanie, with that epoch-defining revolutionary anthem, “Brand New Key.” Gotta love her:

Well, I got a brand new pair of roller skates
You got a brand new key
I think that we should get together and try them out to see
La la la la la la la la, la la la la la la
Oh! I got a brand new pair of roller skates
You got a brand new key

You know, they just don’t make heroes like they used to. More raw courage at

3 thoughts on “The “Heroes” of. . . Woodstock?

  1. Sir:
    Check Webster’s definition of “hero” … “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities.”

    It would appear it is YOU who have used the word incorrectly. Musicians who continue to enjoy the support of fans over FOUR DECADES is an outstanding achievement within a competitive industry of rapidly changing tastes. Making music and making people happy is a noble quality.

    Tell me: What ‘noble quality’ does your blog embody. Have you accomplished as much in your life as these “Heroes” who also perform benefit concerts? Before you tear down others, look to yourself.

  2. Ha! Great point. I saw Edgar Winter in concert a few weeks ago. He put on a good show, brought back some fond memories, but “Hero?” Please.
    Our entertainers give us a lot of thrills. But I like to think that our Heroes give us much more.

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