The Abbie Hoffman Incident (original song)

Pile of Shit

In 1969, at Woodstock, Abbie Hoffman tried to commandeer The Who‘s stage to make a political statement. Pete Townshend physically removed Hoffman from the stage.

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Accounts vary as to whether it was a gentle bump, a jab in the back with the end of the guitar, or a “tennis racket” style smash on the head.

The Who were playing at 4 a.m., so I think Pete might have been grumpy.

This is a piece of music I created using sound from the incident. I don’t know if it counts as songwriting.

This is my first experiment with samples and looping since I was a teenager playing with cassette tapes, a project I called “Paint Thinner.”

I added fuzz bass and drum sequencing. The synthesizer parts are played on a Kaossilator by Nigel Rayner — a kindred spirit I’ve never met in person.

Here is the audio of the incident:

Abbie Hoffman vs. Pete Townshend

Photo Credit: Scott (CC BY-SA 2.0)


  1. Ron Reply
    September 3, 2009 at 3:24 am

    The Kaossilator dressed it up nicely, good job guys!

  2. Anonymous Reply
    September 3, 2009 at 6:54 am

    You just had to get that love song out of your system, didn't you?

    LOL! Very cool…

  3. Ted Reply
    September 3, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    It might seem like it, but it's more the other way around. I started working on this back in June, and worked on it bit-by-by for two months. Paper Anniversary flared into my head when Abbie was all done but the Kaossilator, flushing the "pile of shit" out of my system.

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