Here’s How Much Each Artist Was Paid at Woodstock 1969; Jimi Hendrix Is Believed to Be on Top With $18,000!

Woodstock is widely regarded as one of the most important events in music history. The festival, which took place in August 1969, drew about half a million people and was headlined by now-legendary acts like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Many of the sets have since gone on to not only become classic moments in those artists’ respective careers, but also representative snapshots of America’s counterculture during that time.

It makes you wonder, then, how much a concert of that magnitude and influence would cost, right? As the monetary breakdown shows, Hendrix earned the most money from the festival, pulling in about $18,000 (or more than $125,000 in today’s money). Blood, Sweat and Tears ($15,000), Joan Baez ($10,000), Creedence Clearwater Revival ($10,000), and The Band ($7,500) rounded out the Top 5 earners.

Other A-listers such as The Who and Joe Cocker took home $6,250 and $1,375, respectively. There was a lot of cash to go around, to be sure, but the event wasn’t as steep as some of today’s big-budget productions. Here’s the entire list of artists and their earnings:

  1. Jimi Hendrix – $18,000
  2. Blood, Sweat and Tears – $15,000
  3. Joan Baez – $10,000
  4. Creedence Clearwater Revival – $10,000
  5. The Band – $7,500
  6. Janis Joplin – $7,500
  7. Jefferson Airplane – $7,500
  8. Sly and the Family Stone – $7,000
  9. Canned Heat – $6,500
  10. The Who – $6,250
  11. Richie Havens – $6,000
  12. Arlo Guthrie – $5,000
  13. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – $5,000
  14. Ravi Shankar – $4,500
  15. Johnny Winter – $3,750
  16. Ten Years After – $3,250
  17. Country Joe and the Fish – $2,500
  18. Grateful Dead – $2,500
  19. The Incredible String Band – $2,250
  20. Mountain – $2,000
  21. Tim Hardin – $2,000
  22. Joe Cocker – $1,375
  23. Sweetwater – $1,250
  24. John B. Sebastian – $1,000
  25. Melanie – $750
  26. Santana – $750
  27. Sha Na Na – $700
  28. Keef Hartley – $500
  29. Quill – $375

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