WOODSTOCK AUGUST 1969
Woodstock Music & Art Fair (informally, Woodstock or The Woodstock Festival) was a music festival, billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”. It was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre (2.4 km²; 240 ha, 0.94 mi²) dairy farm near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bethel, in Sullivan County, is 43 miles (69 km) southwest of the town of Woodstock, New York, in adjoining Ulster County.
During the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of 500,000 concert-goers. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most pivotal moments in popular music history and was listed among Rolling Stone’s 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.The event was captured in the successful 1970 documentary movie Woodstock, an accompanying soundtrack album, and Joni Mitchell’s song “Woodstock” which commemorated the event and became a major hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young & Matthews Southern Comfort. READ MORE
Along with nearly half a million others, I was at Woodstock I in 1969. It was the experience of a lifetime. When the 30th anniversary rolled around, I was contacted by the Japanese TV network NKH (I had left a note in the guest book of a Woodstock 69 website, which they read and liked) and subsequently interviewed on camera by them about my experiences there.
These pages grew out of what I told them. You’ll find an account of my time at the festival, scans from the original program guide, the reportage of the East Village Other (a long gone underground newspaper published in New York’s Lower East Side), a photo gallery of counterculture kingpins, and some cool links.- G.W. READ MORE
Woodstock received the Academy Award for Documentary Feature. The film has been deemed culturally significant by the United States Library of Congress. In 1994, Woodstock: The Director’s Cut was released and expanded to include Janis Joplin as well as additional performances by Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, and Canned Heat not seen in the original version of the film. In 2009, the film was re-released on DVD. This release marks the film’s first availability on Blu-ray disc.
Another film on Woodstock named Taking Woodstock was produced in 2009 by Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee.
WOODSTOCK SEPTEMBER 2009