SANTANA’S ACID TRIP

Encore: August 10, 2022

Carlos Santana reflects on the acid trip of his life at Woodstock, an experience that propelled his career and brain to new heights.

Aired on August 15, 2019.

TRANSCRIPT

CARLOS, I KNOW YOU'VE TOLD THE STORY A MILLION TIMES.

I HAVE TO ASK.

IT'S BEEN REPORTED EVERY TIME YOU LOOK AT YOUR PERFORMANCE AT WOODSOCK YOU EITHER FLINCH OR AVERT YOUR EYES.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THAT PERFORMANCE THAT MAKES YOU DO THAT.

WHEN WE LANDED WE WERE IN THIS HELICOPTER AND I NEVER SEEN SO MANY -- IT WAS LIKE AN OCEAN OF HAIR AND TEETH AND ARMS AND WHEN WE LANDED THE FIRST PERSON THAT I SAW WAS JERRY GARCIA AND HE SAID WHAT TIME ARE YOU GOING TO GO ON?

I SAID APPARENTLY TWO BANDS AFTER YOU.

HE GOES WELL, THEN YOU MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE.

THIS IS LIKE 12:30, 1:00 IN THE AFTERNOON.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO GO ON TILL LIKE 1:00 IN THE MORNING.

I GO, I GUESS AROUND 3:00 IN THE MORNING.

YEAH.

pIN OF THIS.

AND I WAS LIKE, SURE.

YOU KNOW, BETWEEN NOW -- YEAH, I'LL BE FINE BY THEN.

WHAT WAS IT?

IT WAS ACID.

YOU KNOW?

IT WAS LSD.

SO I WENT -- AND AS SOON AS I TOOK IT, IT WAS LIKE POOF.

EVERYTHING BECAME ANOTHER DIMENSION.

YOU KNOW?

AND THEN I SEE THIS FACE COMING AND SAYING IF YOU DON'T PLAY NOW, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO PLAY AT ALL.

YOU NEED TO GO ON RIGHT NOW.

I'M LIKE OH, MY GOD.

OKAY.

YOU KNOW, I THOUGHT I HAD SIX, SEVEN HOURS TO RECUPERATE FROM THE BECAUSE YOU KNOW IT'S KIND OF LIKE A ROLLER COASTER.

YOU GO THROUGH THIS AND SO I SAID OKAY, TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND I DISCOVER A MANTRA BACK THEN WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING, GOD PLEASE HELP ME.

HELP ME TO STAY IN TUNE AND IN TIME.

AND I PROMISE I'LL NEVER DO THIS AGAIN.

SURE.

SO I WENT UP THERE AND SO WHEN I STARTED PLAYING OF COURSE, THE GUITAR NECK, THE NECK OF THE GUITAR STARTED WAVERING LIKE A SNAKE.

AND I WAS LIKE, OH, UH-OH.

SO I JUST STARTED MAKING FACES BECAUSE I WAS TRYING TO KEEP IT TAME YOU KNOW?

I WAS TRYING TO KEEP IT FROM SLITHERING ALL OVER THE PLACE.

WHEN I FIRST SAW THE MOVIE, JIMMY HENDRICKS LADY TOOK ME TO SEE IT.

HE HAD LEFT THAT MORNING FOR MAORY.

HEY, MAN WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

JUST THAT RARE DAY OFF.

GO UNPACK YOUR STUFF AND COME.

I WANT TO TAKE YOU TO THE MOVIE.

WHAT MOVIE?

SHE SAID WOODSTOCK.

WOODSTOCK?

THEY MADE A MOVIE WAIT TILL YOU SEE IT.

WE SAW IT LAST NIGHT WITH JIMI AND WHEN YOU GUYS CAME ON, YOU AGREES FREAKED THEM OUT.

I GO REALLY?

GOES HE LOVES YOUR ENERGY, HE LOVE YOUR PERFORMANCE AND HE'S LIKE IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL BADGE OF HONOR TORE SOMEONE SO IMPERIAL LIKE JIMI HENDRIX WOULD DIG OUR PERFORMANCE.

I FEEL REALLY GRATEFUL BECAUSE IT TAKES A LOT OF COURAGE TO GO IN FRONT OF 150,000 PEOPLE AT THE PEAK OF THIS MIND EXPENSIVE, KIND OF LIKE A SHAMAN GOING THROUGH FROM -- ANYWAY, FORTUNATELY, IT WAS KES SUCCESSFUL.

IT WAS MORE THAN SUCCESSFUL.

I MEAN, IT WAS MASTERFUL.

I KNOW YOU'RE A MODEST GUY BUT YOU STOLE THE SHOW.

I GIVE THE CREDIT TO GOD, MAN THAT'S WHAT I KEPT PRAYING FOR LIKE WITH DILIGENCE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.

I TRUST THAT MY FINGERS KNEW WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO.

WHAT I WAS HAULING UP TO MAKE THE CONNECTION WAS WITH MY SPIRIT IN GOD SO THAT GOD WOULD SAY OKAY, TAKE A DEEP BREATH.

TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND I'M GOING TO GUIDE YOU, NAVIGATE THROUGH ALL THIS MIND HALLUCINATION STUFF BECAUSE YOU KNOW, AND THEN I BEGAN TO REALLY LIKE IT.

I USED TO DO IT A LOT.

I THOUGHT YOU PROMISED GOD YOU WOULDN'T DO IT AGAIN.

YOU DIDN'T KEEP YOUR PROMISE?

I DIDN'T DO THAT SPECIFIC ACID.

PAYIOTY AND OTHER KIND OF STUFF.

NOWADAYS, I DON'T THINK PEOPLE ARE MAYBE UNDER SUPERVISION, I'M NOT ENDORSING IT BUT I WOULD SAY THAT EVEN CARY GRANT UNDER SUPERVISION NEEDED TO BECAUSE WHEN YOU TAKE IT, IT'S ALSO LIKE A SNAKE SHEDDING ALL BELIEFS.

YOU KNOW, UNDER SUPERVISION IT'S ACTUALLY VERY THERAPEUTICALLY HEALING FOR YOU.

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