This Was the Highest Paid Performer at Woodstock

Here's how much each act was paid.


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By the time Jimi Hendrix played on Monday, Aug. 18, the festival had been going on for 80 hours. “You can leave if you want to," said Hendrix from the stage as he started what was to become his iconic version of "The Star Spangled Banner." "We’re just jamming, that’s all. You can leave, or you can clap.”

©dan mccoy/the image works

 

Santana

$1,500, split (presumably) among the band members
 

Ravi Shankar 

$4,500
 

Arlo Guthrie

$5,000
 

Richie Havens

$6,000
 

The Grateful Dead

$7,500
 

 


photo by © Baron Wolman

 

Joan Baez

$10,000
 

The Band

$15,000
 

Janis Joplin

$15,000
 

Jimi Hendrix

$30,000 for two sets (highest paid act)
 

Source: The Road to Woodstock, by Michael Lang

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