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Woodstock's most iconic performer was certainly paid like one: Jimi Hendrix earned $18,000 for playing the festival, or roughly $114,000 now.
Guthrie was paid a measly $5,000 for playing the festival. In today's money, that was $31,000.
blood sweat and tears
Blood Sweat and Tears were paid more than $95,000 to play Woodstock. In 1969 terms, that was $15,000.
The "Going Up the Country" singers earned $6,500 to play in front of a giant festival audience, which translates to a hair over $41,000.
Ah, CCR. The third-highest paid act at Woodstock pulled in a then-whopping $10,000, or $95,000 in current terms.
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Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were on the lower end of the paysale at Woodstock, surprisingly: They made the same amount as Arlo Guthrie, namely $5,000 in 1969 dollars.
Legendary singer Janis Joplin, on her own, made half of what Blood, Sweat and Tears earned—she took home $7,500, or nearly $50,000 at current rates.
As a solo performer, Joplin pulled in as much as Jefferson Airplane—roughly $47,000 in 2015 dollars.
Baez was one of the festival's biggest stars, and was paid like it: She took home $10,000.
Famed sitar player Ravi Shankar was on the lower echelon of pay, but he still got paid handsomely: His $4,500 translates to roughly $28,000 now.
$6,000 in 2015 terms sounds like a pretty penny for a show, no? Well, that's what Havens got paid in 1969. Now, that translates to $38,000.
The Family Stone
Sly and the Family Stone got paid $7k for one performance, which is roughly $45,000.
The Band, meanwhile, were solidly in the upper tier for pay: They took home $7,500, the same amount as Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane.
$6,000 seems like a lot to earn for a performance now, but that's what the Who were paid in 1969. Now? That's nearly $40,000.
As modern guitar music goes, there are few festivals that are as revered as Woodstock. The festival was often seen as the apex of the 1960s, and perched right at the end of the decade, it would showcase musicians that would shape modern rock: Yes, there was a flower-child sentiment to the whole affair, but The Band, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Who would all be bands that would shape the 1970s and beyond.
Indeed, Woodstock was an incredibly vital festival. And they paid their performers pretty damn well: Jimi Hendrix got paid $18,000 for a gig, which is roughly equivalent to $114,000 in today’s dollars. Comparably, though, it seems like musicians may actually make more now—Sublime With Rome, for example, charge $100,000 for private shows, as do Korn. Nonetheless, it’s fascinating to see how much bands were paid to perform at Woodstock—check out some of the rates above. [h/t Priceonomics]