Friday, July 28, 2006

The Incredible String Band At Woodstock

This is a performance you haven't seen on the famous movie about the "three days of peace, love and music", and nor heard on one the two double LP sets. I've always thought about the Incredible String Band as a sort of cult band, it's hard to imagine that they were popular enough to appear at the most famous music festival ever, though playing in front of almost half a million people wasn't maybe the ideal situation for them.
This really "incredible band" has been one of the most creative and imaginative of their era, their music is a bridge that united with surrealistic eclecticism the British folk revival with the psychedelic sounds and culture. The core of the band was formed by Mike Heron and Robin Williamson, two Scottish songwriters, singers and multi-instrumentalists. On that occasion they were joined by their girlfriends Christine "Licorice" McKechnie and Rose Simpson. Both these songs were unreleased then, as they have been published in 1970 on the album I Looked Up. They also played This Moment, but the available clip of that song is uncomplete.

Incredible String Band - The Letter (1969)
Incredible String Band - When You Find Out Who You Are (1969)


Peace & Love ;-)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi ! I'm grapho... I changed my name and opened a new blog :)

7/28/2006 7:34 PM  
Blogger The Baz said...

Yo Mirco!

No doubt you heard that the Groovy Fab forum and blogs are no more. See my blog for more details.

Anyway... cheers fer these clips! I was wondering if anymore footage existed of this lot at Woodstock since a very short fragment was used in Woodstock Diaries which was frustrating giving a tantalising glimpse so its great to see there is more! Look most forward to seeing it!

All The Best,

7/28/2006 11:34 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi Baz!

This is a sad new I'm learning..."blogging" should be an opportunity to share our passion and have a nice time, but no one seems to be immune from "ego conflicts".
I subscribed to the forum but never found the time and energy to take part to it, so I don't really know which was the problem. Jiltz left a few comments on this blog and so I did on his. He semeed a nice guy to me, on the web it seems easy to find friends and sometimes we get disappointed.

Don't feel discouraged anyway, Sonic Pollutions is one of the coolest blogs and many of us are waiting anxiously for its return.

Take care

7/28/2006 11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ottima scelta,sono(erano) veramente bravi. Vai in ferie in questi giorni? Io penso di si a partire da mercoledì e per circa 15 gg,ciao.

7/30/2006 11:56 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Erano dei bei figli dei fiori, me li vedo seduti sotto ad un albero con le chitarre ed i tamburelli mentre si fumano una canna. Bravissimi, scherzi a parte. Io le ferie le ho già fatte, son rimasto in città a boccheggiare, ti auguro delle vacanze migliori delle mie...
A presto ;)

7/30/2006 9:30 PM  
Blogger themusicilike said...

hi Mirco

another excellent surprise! I always wondered why the ISB was so neglected by the festival promoters and the film makers to the point of only showing some seconds of film footage and no audio released at all. To me it's really a very emotional event as the ISB is one of my favourite bands of all time and I must say I had lost all hope of seeing this performance as I collect all audio and video from Woodstock that I can put my hands on and never even heard it was available somewhere. I can't thank you enough for another top posting!

7/31/2006 1:58 PM  
Blogger Tauan said...

Io sono sempre grato per quésto archivio

8/01/2006 10:20 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Grazie a te e complimenti per l'italiano. De um abraço ao Brasil.

8/01/2006 11:04 PM  
Anonymous aldo reali said...

good one!
yeah, sometimes people don't realize how popular and influential the String Band was...had we lived in the UK in the 60s...
i lived in Edinburgh, where they're from for 10 yrs and was lucky to see Robin several times..great stuff! what a character!
also during my last time there he got back together w/ Mike and Clive the 3 original guys (1ST LP),Mirco unless you're able to dig out of your magic hat the ISB in full'll be great to see that Pentangle video again...please!
thanks for all the great stuff!
that Remains one is a KILLER!

8/03/2006 12:09 AM  
Anonymous 123 said...

hehehe ... nice to see you posted this , it seems we both have the same ISB DVD with the rare goodies ... This Moment was nice with few mistakes , and yes , it's not a complete version .

and hey Baz ! remember I've sent you couple of ISB vids from Woodstock back in the time of your blog ? I believe I left the yousendit links in your comments section , you never replied . anyhow , to answer your question - yes , there is 1 or 2 ISB vids left out from Woodstock . for instance , B&W footage filmed by Jefferson Airplane's roadie ( the same guy who filmed Who's set at Woodstock in B&W , terrific stuff ) . It's Robin reading Invocation and once again , The Letter .

Mirco my friend - my suggestion for the next ISB upload : from the same DVD , Robin & Mike doing Painting Box on the Julie Felix Show in march 1968 .

oh yeah ... just got a terrific Robin's solo gig from 1990 on DVD , great stuff , let me know if you don't have it .

Ciao ,


P.S. oh and for all uninformed - here's the best article I found on how ISB flopped at Woodstock unfortunately ... if only they went out the previous night like scheduled , eh ?

the link :

8/03/2006 8:33 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Hi Milan, how are you?
Sincerely I have none of the 2 DVDs you mentioned, someone else has ripped these videos...maybe it was you? :-)
I'de be curious to seee that Painting Box clip as "5.000 Spirits..." is my favourite album by the ISB.

Ciao a tutti!

8/03/2006 5:53 PM  
Anonymous 123 said...

no prob - I'll burn and send you both DVDs , and you can burn me that Pentangle BBC 1971 thingy , ok ?

email me your home addy .

cheers .

8/04/2006 1:31 AM  
Anonymous 123 said...

P.S. This Moment video - although incomplete - is such a nice version , that I just had to upload it (I believe Mirco won't mind my addition to his nice ISB @ Woodstock vids) :

enjoy .

8/04/2006 2:08 AM  
Anonymous 123 said...

another afterthought :

hehehe , your ISB vids had been already 3 times uploaded on youtube ... at least they gave you a credit . wonder how long before _my_ clip ends there ? I can see it already : "credit goes to 123 ..." ... hehehehehe .

that's the beauty of posting the cool stuff in the comments section , innit ? the usual leeches who come only to grab vids aren't really interested in clicking on "comments" section , right ?

8/04/2006 7:37 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

That's true, I prefer to have a few visitors but interested in having some interaction. Anyway, as long as people give a credit there's no problem in seeing my videos on youtube.
Your addition is welcome, I hope people will enjoy it. Your link with the story of the ISB at Woodstock is also very interesting.
I will e-mail you soon...

Bye ;)

8/04/2006 1:31 PM  
Anonymous 123 said...

"but interested in having some interaction."

exactly ! it's kinda boring always reading "thanks for this or that video!" , right ? ;-)

glad you've enjoyed that reading , it goes nice with these vids too ; can't believe the mistake the band made , heh ...

my sendspace link worked ok yesterday , but today the whole site seems to be down , so I've uploaded it on good old rapidshare :

8/04/2006 9:09 PM  
Anonymous 123 said...

ok , the link was too long for this space , it ends with :

... mpg.html

8/04/2006 9:12 PM  
Blogger Private Beach said...

I found this too late for the link. Any chance of a re-up, please?

8/08/2010 5:07 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

I'm sorry but this blog is dead.

8/08/2010 1:32 PM  

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