The mock rock Woodshuck festival, part of the National Lampoon: Lemmings stage show, was a parody of the Woodstock 1969 festival and ran for 350 performances.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
"Three Days of Peace, Love and Death"
Thu Jan 25, 1973
160 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village
New York City New York
New York City New York
National Lampoon (humor magazine)
National Lampoon: Lemmings: Dead in Concert 1973, directed by Michael Keady and Tony Hendra.
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon, 2015, directed by Douglas Tirola.
Arts & Acts
- Welcome to the Woodshuck Festival: Three Days of Peace, Love, and Death; plus band introductions throughout - John Belushi
- Freud, Marx, Engels, and Jung, performing "Lemmings Lament." - A parody of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the songs Woodstock, Long Time Gone, and others. (Also referred to in performance as Freud, Pavlov, Adler, and Jung)
- Bob Dylan, performing "Positively Wall Street," a parody of several of his styles, with the title taken from "Positively 4th Street" - Christopher Guest
- Goldie Oldie, a parody of old, 1950s-style performers, performing "Pizza Man," a parody of the "teen tragedy" songs - Alice Playten
- John Denver, performing "Colorado" - Chevy Chase
- Joan Baez, performing "Pull the Triggers, Niggers," a parody of her protest songs and of Dylan's song "George Jackson," in particular. Listed on the album cover as "Pull the Tregroes, Negroes." - Mary Jennifer Mitchell (later replaced by Rhonda Coullet)
- Joe Cocker, "Lonely at the Bottom" - Belushi as Cocker, Paul Jacobs as Leon Russell on piano.
- James Taylor, "Highway Toes," a parody of his heroin abuse - Christopher Guest
- Motown Manifestoes singing "Papa was a Running Dog Lackey of the Bourgeoisie" (parody of "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"), with most of its lines taken from The Communist Manifesto.
- Donovan, "Nirvana Banana" - Peter Elbling (later addition to the show).
- Joni Mitchell, "I Do for You" - Alice Playten (replaced by Rhonda Coullet).
- Farmer Yassir (parody of Max Yasgur, owner of the land on which Woodstock was held), greeting the audience - Gary Goodrow
- Megadeath, a parody of heavy metal groups, who end their act by turning the amps so loud that the audience dies.
- "Jackie Christ, Superstar." Parody of "Jesus Christ, Superstar." Jesus is a stand-up comedian, while John Belushi played King Herod.
- "Deteriorata." A Tony Hendra parody of Les Crane's recording of "Desiderata."
- "Defeat Day" - a parody of America's first military defeat in the Vietnam War. "Put all your troubles in a nickle bag and smile, smile, smile."
- The Rolling Stones Parody, with Alice Playten playing "Mick Jagger."
The nightclub opened in 1958 by Art D'Lugoff and closed in 1994. The Village Gate featured many well-known musicians throughout its 38 years. Such as Coleman Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Herbie Mann, Woody Allen, Aretha Franklin, Jacques Brel made their appearance.
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From the 1970s thru the 1990s, the hippest and most outrageous comedy in print was the National Lampoon. The groundbreaking humor magazine pushed the limits of taste and acceptability. The print publication branched out into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and iconic movies.
National Lampoon Lemmings (1973 Original Cast Recording) by Various Artists