This is how much Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Janis Joplin, The Who and more earned at Woodstock '69

News 13/08/2019

Woodstock paid their lineup artists pretty well for their three days of peace and music festival in 1969.

Taken from archived documents that can be found in Woodstock - Back to The Garden, the highest-paid act was guitar legend, Jimi Hendrix, who earned $18,000 to headline the weekend, which is equivalent to about $$125,628 in 2019. 

Blood, Sweat and Tears were paid $15,000 for their gig while Joan Baez and Creedence Clearwater Revival received $10,000 each. 

For reference, booking an artist these days would cost you at least $500,000. Of course, all of that money won't go straight to the artist but to the record label or manager(s). Bob Dylan's price tag ranges from $150k to $200k easily while some of the young and current popstars can easily ask for over $1m for booking fees.

See the full list below.

  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