Music Question

For this discussion, you will be watching the following performances from the film “Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music.” and answering questions 1 through 6.

Write a total of 400 words for each question 1-4 combined (You can answer with 100 words per question). The links to the songs are listed above:

Discussion Questions:

  1. Which solo performance impressed you the most, the drum solo by Mike Shrieve (drummer for Santana) on “Soul Sacrifice,” or the solo guitar version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Jimi Hendrix? Explain your reasons.
  2. Which front man (lead singer) performance did you think was the most powerful, Joe Cocker on “With a Little Help From My Friends,” or Sly Stone on “I Want to Take You Higher”? Explain why.
  3. Although the Woodstock Music Festival took place almost 50 years ago, many of the performances and their implied messages are relevant to current trends in music and American culture today. Which performances do you think are relevant? Which aren’t? Give reasons.
  4. Overall, which performance did you find the most enjoyable/powerful/interesting? Which was the least? Tell us why.

Then, answer question 5 with a total of 150 to 200 words.

5. What was the cultural significance of the Woodstock Music Festival, and how did it influence subsequent music festivals and social movements? One of the most famous occasions in music history was the Woodstock Music Festival, which took place in Bethel, New York, in August 1969. Over 400,000 people attended the three days of music, love, and peace, which included performances by notable musicians including Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Who. Woodstock came to represent the counterculture movement of the 1960s, which promoted environmental consciousness, civil rights, and peace. Its significance goes beyond music, acting as a benchmark for the values of the hippie age and inspiring other music festivals and social organizations.

6. Then come up with your own original, open-ended question that students can respond to and briefly elaborate on your question. Your open-ended question can be anything related to the “Woodstock” Discussion Assignment. (Question 5 above is an example of another peers open-ended question.)