It’s Saturday night in July and I’m sitting on a lawn with a little blonde in a flowered dress. Gary Clark Jr’s guitar is whaling Ain’t Messin’ Round and Brittany Howard is killing it singing Gimme All Your Love. I close my eyes thinking I’m in a field on Max Yagur’s farm in 1969, but I’m on a hill on the Camden, NJ waterfront in 2016 at the XPN Music Festival.
As I listened and reminisced a haiku wrote itself:
Gary Clark Jr
is Jimi, the way Brittany
Howard is Janis
Comparisons can be lazy, an easy way out of describing the brilliance of an artist. But Woodstock was my time–my prime–and I remember hearing Jimi’s Purple Haze and Janis’s Summertime, and I felt the same goosebumps in Camden in July as I did in ’69.