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Getting Paid At Woodstock: Artist Fees From 1969

Roger Daltrey of The Who at Woodstock (video still courtesy of SoundMojo).

Roger Daltrey of The Who at Woodstock (video still courtesy of SoundMojo).

This weekend in the CBS-FM Hall of Fame we remember the Woodstock Music & Art Festival from this week in 1969. The three-day event will be remembered for peace, love, great music and some “brown acid” the over half million in attendance were warned about.

But something you might have never known is how much the performers were paid to appear at Woodstock. On top of the list; Jimi Hendrix. As the headliner of the festival, Hendrix delivered a memorable performance and earned himself a cool $18,000. Another significant performance was turned in by Joe Cocker, notably his rendition of The Beatles “With a Little Help from My Friends.” Sadly, memorable doesn’t get you paid; Cocker only earned $1,375 for his time in Bethel, New York.

Check out the full story on WCBSFM.com.