It was 4o years ago this weekend the Woodstock Nation came to be, for at least a short period of time, an idyllic, utopian view of a world filled with music, love and peace……
Was Woodstock really that or was it a muddy rain filled festival filled mess as early news media first reported. Whatever your viewpoint, Woodstock has come to represent a time of utopian dreams in a world that seen plenty of horror in the past few years. The Vietnam War was still raging, racial riots in many cities throughout the U.S. and the horrific Charles Manson murders happened only a week before the festival. A filmed documentary of the event was released in March of 1970 and in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, I have scanned some photos from a souvenir booklet of the movie. Also attached are some links on various articles and websites devoted to Woodstock including a link to Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock (the complete concert performance).
At the bottom of the following page is a list of credits to the film including one in the lower left hand portion of the page that says Edited by Martin Scorsese. Unfortunately, the scan is too small to read.
Woodstock Festival on Wikipedia
New York Times article on Woodstock by Jon Pareles
Woodstock 1969 website
Woodstock – IMDB Page
Jimi Hendrix LIVE at Woodstock ’69 (complete concert)
On August 28th Ang Lee’s film “Taking Woodstock” will be released.
There has also been a series of new books celebrating the 40th Anniversary. Of them all, the one I am most interested to read is NYC disc jockey Pete Fornatale’s oral history “Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock”
Below are some photos
The final photo below is iconic and was used as the cover for the original 3 record LP soundtrack. Ever wonder what happened to this couple? Well, they happen to be on the nightly news the other night and they married, and are still married with a family. They still live near the site of the concert and recently went back for the first time in 40 years.
All You Need is Love