be the guy with the bic.


pandora cued up a classic ccr song for me on the way home

windows down sun shining warm spring air

 thinking of this quote that i just love:

“We were ready to rock out and we waited and waited and finally it was our turn … there were a half million people asleep. These people were out. It was sort of like a painting of a Dante scene, just bodies from hell, all intertwined and asleep, covered with mud. And this is the moment I will never forget as long as I live: A quarter mile away in the darkness, on the other edge of this bowl, there was some guy flicking his Bic, and in the night I hear, “Don’t worry about it, John. We’re with you.” I played the rest of the show for that guy.

—John Fogerty recalling Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 3:30 a.m. start time at Woodstock.” 

-hank bordowitz, bad moon rising: the unofficial history of credence clearwater revival


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  1. I am always playing snippets from “Woodstock” and CCR has always been a favourite of mine.
    “Describing Woodstock as the “big bang,” I think that’s a great way to describe it, because the important thing about it wasn’t how many people were there or that it was a lot of truly wonderful music that got played.” ~ David Crosby

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  2. I love that story! The big has been replaced with the light from an iPhone or other portable le device, the bite message is exactly the same: we are out here enjoying the music you bring us! Oh, and one night at 1am, in a tiny bar in Tokyo, the young Japanese bartender was laying album tracks by Creedence…talk about timeless music that travelled the world!

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  3. I spent a weekend in Woodstock five years ago and we obsessed about watching everything to do about the event. That was the one quote that stuck out for me, too. Love this.

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  4. Wow! I want to be the guy with the Bic. What a great story. Can you imagine going on stage in the middle of the night with the whole audience asleep, and there’s one guy to light the way? Hats off to CCR and John Fogerty, and the guy with the Bic.

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