This Was the Highest Paid Performer at Woodstock

Here's how much each performer who graced the stage at Woodstock was paid. Can you guess who tops the list?

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Woodstock brought big acts to the stage at Bethel, but they didn’t all receive the same salary. Here’s a breakdown on which performers earned what over the course of the festival.


$1,500, split (presumably) among the band members

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Ravi Shankar


Arlo Guthrie


Richie Havens


The Grateful Dead


photo by © Baron Wolman
Photo by © Baron Wolman

Joan Baez


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The Band


Janis Joplin


Jimi Hendrix

$30,000 for two sets (highest paid act)

Source: The Road to Woodstock, by Michael Lang

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