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.
Note: The audio is Not Safe For Work.
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:
Photo Credit: Scott (CC BY-SA 2.0)