Taking stock

He was the only Irish musician to play at Woodstock, he jammed with Hendrix, and made his name with Paul McCartney and Joe Cocker. On the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, Henry McCullough talks about the ghosts of the past which nearly destroyed him

8th August, 2009

Henry McCullough doesn’t quite remember it as if it was yesterday. Four decades is, after all, a very long time. But some memories of Woodstock still stand out. Like looking down from a helicopter in pure astonishment at a vast sea of humanity - an audience bigger than anything he could have imagined during his days slinging out showband favourites in places like Dublin’s Ierne Ballroom, where he once had to cut his hair before...

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