Here’s what 14 iconic artists were paid for playing Woodstock

March 17, 2015

As modern guitar music goes, there are few festivals that are as revered as Woodstock. The festival was often seen as the apex of the 1960s, and perched right at the end of the decade, it would showcase musicians that would shape modern rock: Yes, there was a flower-child sentiment to the whole affair, but The Band, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Who would all be bands that would shape the 1970s and beyond.

Indeed, Woodstock was an incredibly vital festival. And they paid their performers pretty damn well: Jimi Hendrix got paid $18,000 for a gig, which is roughly equivalent to $114,000 in today’s dollars. Comparably, though, it seems like musicians may actually make more now—Sublime With Rome, for example, charge $100,000 for private shows, as do Korn. Nonetheless, it’s fascinating to see how much bands were paid to perform at Woodstock—check out some of the rates above. [h/t Priceonomics]

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