Gil Scott-Heron performs live at Woodstock festival during 1994



The legendary spoken-word poet and musician delivers a moving set.

Following the release of Gil Scott-Heron’s album Spirits on TVT Records in March 1994, he travelled to Saugerties, New York, to appear at the final day of Woodstock festival that summer.

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Joined by Rod Youngs on drums, Robbie Gordon on bass, Ed Brady on guitar and Larry Mc Donald on percussion, during the nearly 40 minute set, they performed ‘There’s A War Going On’, ‘Is That Jazz’, and ‘The Bottle’.

The 1994 edition of Woodstock was held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original festival in 1969, and was promoted as “2 More Days of Peace and Music.”

Watch the performance in full above, and check out the setlist below.


1. There’s A War Going On
2. Is That Jazz
3. The Bottle