Monday, August 29, 2011


From Wikipedia:

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 dairy farm in the Catskills 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 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 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 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.

More here.

It's funny how the above paragraphs do, indeed, describe Woodstock accurately, but just don't get across at all what it was really about. Heh. As if I was there and actually know what it was all about. But I certainly came of age in the post-Woodstock era, when the event was spoken of as legendary, the rock and roll event of all events, the pure essence of the 60s and hippies and free love and acid and pot and peace and on and on. My brother had the album when I was a kid and I've known many of the performances for most of my life. And I finally got to see the documentary movie in the late 80s when MTV aired it countless times: by that point, I had come to understand that, yeah, Woodstock really was something incredible and weird, uplifting and visionary.

You know, they had half a million people there, almost all of them fucked up, and not one fight broke out. Not a single fight. That, in itself, is worth a mention in the history books.

Anyway, the twenty second anniversary of Woodstock was a couple of weeks ago. So I figured I'd celebrate by posting the movie here. Check it out:

Peace, brother.