Music Joni Mitchell wasn't at Woodstock. In a BBC4 documentary tonight it was explained that she was booked to play there the day before she was going to be on The Dick Cavett Show, which was going to be her first piece of US national exposure and she took the decision to save her voice so that she could do her best before the cameras. It was heartbreaking to see her reaction as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young gatecrashed the show to tell everyone about their experiences, not because the attention was drawn away from her, but because she knew she'd missed out on one of life's defining moments. And then she sang a song about Woodstock, and in the words of David Crosby (I'm paraphrasing) "Defined and explained the event more than anyone who was there."

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