1969: The Famous Joe Cocker Air Guitar Performance

At Woodstock, Joe Cocker played air drums, air piano, air guitar, and the role of air conductor–providing an oft-cited example of air guitar performance. The Woodstock documentary also juxtaposes real instruments with Cocker’s hands (this YouTube clip is an edited version of the original documentary), almost entirely avoiding depicting the other performers. Note Cocker’s facial expressions as they relate to his dramatic hand movements…

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