Woodstock At 40: Where Are They Now
Woodstock At 40: Where Are They Now

Some are still active. Some are retired -- or semi-retired. And some aren't with us anymore. The performers of the original Woodstock Music & Arts Festival have traveled a variety of paths during the past 40 years. Here's a quick look at their current status:

Joan Baez: Still vibrant as an artist and an activist, Baez celebrated her 50th anniversary as a performer in 2008 with the release of the Grammy Award-0nominated, Steve Earle-produced "Day After Tomorrow" album. She recently posted a performance of "We Shall Overcome," with some lyrics in Persian/Farsi, on YouTube as a tribute to protestors in Iran.

The Band: The group that, to many, epitomized the Woodstock ethos broke up in 1976, though all but guitarist Robbie Robertson regrouped in 1983 for another 16-year run. Pianist Richard Manuel committed suicide on March 4, 1986, and bassist Rick Danko passed away on Dec. 10, 1999. Robertson and keyboardist Garth Hudson remain active in a variety of musical endeavors, while Levon Helm's 2007 solo album "Dirt Farmer," won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. Helm recently released a new solo set, "Electric Dirt."

Blood, Sweat & Tears: The brassy rockers continued their hit-making ways into the early '70s and have continued playing with a rotating cast of musicians. Founding drummer Bobby Colomby and manager Larry Dorr continue to direct the group's activities.

Paul Butterfield Blues Band: The group broke up in 1972 but the harmonica-playing Butterfield kept performing until his death from a drug overdose in 1987.

Canned Heat: The blues rockers have continued to boogie on, surviving the death of key members such as Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson and Bob "The Bear" Hite. Drummer Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra, author of a revealing biography "Living the Blues," continues to keep the group going. Its story was also told in the 2007 documentary "Boogie with Canned Heat: The Canned Heat Story."

Joe Cocker: After his Woodstock breakthrough, Cocker went on to even greater fame with "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" and as managed for a time by Woodstock producer MIchael Lang. Cocker remains active and is reportedly planning a new studio album for 2010.

Country Joe & the Fish: Woodstock was the pinnacle for the Fish, who split up in 1970. Country Joe McDonald continues to perform and lecture -- and he still knows how to spell F-U... well, you know.

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Creedence continued its remarkable run of success until 1972, but acrimony has followed ever since -- especially after frontman John Fogerty played with a group of other musicians rather than his former bandmates at the band's 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Fogerty continues a solo career and will release "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a sequel to his 1973 solo debut, on Sept. 1. Bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford lead Creedence Clearwater Revisited, a name Fogerty unsuccessfully sued to block.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Their work as a foursome has been limited during the four decades since they played their second gig at Woodstock, but they did hit the road three times this decade, with the most recent tour yielding the film "CSNY: Deja Vu." CSN is working on a covers album with producer Rick Rubin. Neil Young released the first volume of his long-awaited "Archives" set this year and has also been part of a team developing the environmentally friendly Linc-Volt automobile.

Grateful Dead: Woodstock members Ron "Pigpen" McKernan and Jerry Garcia have gone on to that great gig in the sky -- the latter's 1995 death effectively breaking up the band. Surviving members have regrouped as The Other Ones and The Dead, and the toured under the latter moniker this year.

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