Why Did “Woodstock” Songwriter Joni Mitchell Skip Going to Woodstock?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.

MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: Joni Mitchell skipped Woodstock so that she could appear on The Dick Cavett Show on that Monday.

It is a pretty awesome piece of irony that probably the best song about the famous Woodstock music festival of 1969 was written by Joni Mitchell…who did not even attend the festival! The most popular version of the song was performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, who DID attend the festival (one of the members of the band, Mitchell’s boyfriend at the time, Graham Nash, described the festival to her, which was her inspiration for writing the song).

So what’s the deal? Why did Mitchell skip the show? As it turned out, it was so she could appear on The Dick Cavett Show…an appearance she could have made even HAD she attended the show! Read on for the details!
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Was Pearl Jam Really Named After a Peyote Concoction Made by Eddie Vedder’s Great-Grandmother?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the music urban legends featured so far.

MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: Pearl Jam was named after a peyote concoction that Eddie Vedder’s great-grandmother Pearl used to make.

The band Pearl Jam was one of the most popular bands of the 1990s, and were a major part of the mass of great bands who came out of the Pacific Northwest during the late 80s and early 90s.

When the band first formed in the middle of 1990, their name was Mookie Blaylock, after the then-current NBA player of the same name.

However, when the band signed with Epic Records (which happened soon after their first gig – their demos were very impressive, as they already had a number of their most popular early songs), the record company felt that there were too many trademark issues with naming a band after a current NBA player, so they had the band pick a new name.

Although, amusingly enough, Pearl Jam’s first album is called Ten, which was Mookie Blaylock’s uniform number…

In any event, the band chose the name Pearl Jam. How did they come up with it?
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Was a Crosby, Stills and Nash Song Written on a Dare From a Limo Driver on the Way to the Airport?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about music and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the music urban legends featured so far.

MUSIC URBAN LEGEND: Graham Nash once wrote a hit song on a limo ride on the way to the airport on a dare from the driver.

Crosby, Stills and Nash was a popular folk rock “super group” consisting of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, all of whom were earlier in other popular bands (The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies, respectively).

They had broken up after some success in the late 60s and early 70s (they also had a fourth member, of sorts, in Neil Young, making the group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young sometimes), but were back together in the late 70s and came out with a hit album titled CSN (only Fleetwood Mac’s insanely popular album, Rumours, kept CSN out of the top spot on the charts).

The biggest hit off of the album was called “Just A Song Before I Go.”

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