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Sly & The Family Stone
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Sly & The Family Stone at Woodstock
Performed on Day 2
Started at 3.30 am, Sunday, 17th
Played for 50 min.
Further Information
Festival Day Chronology
Prev. artist Janis Joplin at 2.00 am
Next artist The Who at 5.00 am

Very late on Saturday evening, or rather early Sunday morning, came Sly & The Family Stone at 3:30 am. Led by Sly Stone, they were pioneers of Funk-Rock which was based on Soul and R&B music combined with psychedelic elements as well as Gospel. The band consisted of black and white members, and men and women, which was not usual at that time.

Given their late appearance Sly & The Family Stone were remarkably fresh and powerful. The Woodstock show is widely considered one of their best performances[1][2].


  • Sly Stone - vocals, keyboard, harmonica
  • Rose Stone - vocals, keyboards
  • Freddie Stone - vocals, guitar
  • Cynthia Robinson - trumpet
  • Greg Errico - drums
  • Larry Graham - bass, vocals
  • Jerry Martini - saxophone


  1. M’Lady
  2. Sing A Simple Song
  3. You Can Make It If You Try
  4. Everyday People
  5. Dance To The Music
  6. Music Lover
  7. I Want To Take You Higher
  8. Love City
  9. Stand!


The setlist consists mostly of songs from their hit-album Stand! which was released in May 1969. "Music Lover" and "I Want To Take You Higher" run both over 10 minutes.


The complete show is available as a bootleg (excellent soundboard recording) and also on Stand! (The Woodstock Experience), a re-issue of the 1969 album.