The Woodstock Diaries is an enthralling "fly on the wall" documentary about the creation of Woodstock, and of the actual three day event itself. It contains drama, humour and even pathos, and recaptures those heady days of the hippie movement when young people really believed that they could change the world. And yet incredibly this historic event almost never happened. A series of near-catastrophes conspired to derail the Woodstock Festival and, but for the sheer perseverance and chutzpah of several key characters, the whole course of rock music could have been drastically different. The Woodstock Diaries contains electrifying live footage of many of the bands and the performers who appeared, including The Who with 'My Generation', Janis Joplin giving a heart-stopping rendition of 'Ball & Chain', Arlo Guthrie performing Dylan's 'Walking Down The Line' and Tim Hardin's tender reading of his own classic song 'If I Were A Carpenter'. Richie Havens Sha Na Na, Incredible String Band, Jefferson Airplane, Sly & The Family Stone, Johnny Winter, Crosby Stills & Nash, Joe Cocker, Country Joe and The Fish, and Jimi Hendrix also turn in classic performances which have ensured that, while there have been subsequent attempts to imitate the event, the original electrifying Woodstock Festival has never been emulated.