Janis Joplin found out about Woodstock just a couple of days prior. Thankfully, “The Pearl” did not have another commitment, and she and her band said yes to the performance. When she told her band they had a gig, she did not know how big of a deal it was. It was not until they arrived and saw the number of people in the crowd that they realized how big it was.
Janis Joplin performed on day two of Woodstock. She was also one of the biggest stars to perform. Despite her star status, Janis and her band did not leave after their iconic performance. They stayed at the festival until the end, to experience it all.
Jimi Hendrix Plays 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the Woodstock Festival
On Aug. 18, 1969, the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix incorporated some good old patriotism on that Woodstock stage- a platform many would argue didn't' quite represent traditional American ideals. When the musician finished off his bit, he concluded it with the Star-Spangled Banner melody. His performance ended up being two hours long, the longest of his career.
Interestingly enough, this was not the first time Hendrix played the anthem. There are in fact almost 50 live recordings of Hendrix performing the national anthem, 28 of them before Woodstock
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder
The indie couple of the early 90s, Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder were the black sheep of Hollywood. Both dark-haired beauties that took on some quirky films, their love seemed like a match made in heaven. The two met in 1989 at the premiere of Ryder's film "Great Balls of Fire!" - the classic biopic of the late Jerry Lee Lewis.
By the time they co-starred in "Edward Scissorhands" in 1990, the world was enamored by them. Constantly overwhelmed by the press, the public pressures weighed on their relationship. Eventually, they gave in and by 1993 decided to end it.
Sarah Silverman's Headshot
The differences between back then and nowadays headshots are significant. Just by looking at the famous one of Sarah Silverman, it's clear that a lot of progress has been made in photography and in Hollywood.
It was never easy for young actors to get cast during auditions, so they had to go through the hard way like all the others. They regularly heard the word NO much more than they did the word YES. This image is a headshot of Sarah Silverman, who said that she remembered the day this was taken very clearly. The photographer gave her his blazer so she looked more mature.
Sammy Davis Jr. and Clint Eastwood
Sammy Davis Jr. was one of the first African American performers in Las Vegas to get equal treatment. Before that, these establishments wouldn't even host their talent and would give them boarding facilities outside the hotel. Davis Jr. was able to break color divides largely because of his friendship with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.
It wasn’t just a social benefit but an entry point into a world that had eluded so many Black artists. Getting in was half the battle won. His audience was entirely white. The clubs he performed at still served people of color away from the main bar. Here he is pictured with Clint Eastwood in 1959 at the Sands Hotel.