Sunday, August 28, 2011

WOODSTOCK: NOW & THEN

In 2009, I was happy to be part of Barbara Kopple's documentary "Woodstock: Now & Then" made for VH1 and the History Channel celebrating the 40th anniversary of the event.
They still air it on the History Channel around the anniversary.
Check it out!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

MICHAEL LANG

He was the architect of the whole thing, and by keeping calm and peace throughout chaos he created a groovy atmosphere at the Festival.
I met Michael a couple years ago, and I was so thrilled by his reaction to my cartoons.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

PEACE

Suddenly, it was over. A unique moment in History that left an impression on so many hearts.
I hope you enjoyed this compact display I put together from my book celebrating this year's 42nd anniversary of Woodstock. (August 15, 16 & 17)
I will keep you posted on the progress of the book.

Peace!


SIGNING OFF

"It's been a delight seeing you. May we wish you... anything that the person next to you wishes for you. Good wishes, good day and a good life. Thank you."

JIMI HENDRIX

On Monday morning, Jimi Hendrix closed the Festival with a beautiful performance.

CROSBY, STILLS & NASH

"Hey man. I just gotta say that you people have gotta be the strongest bunch of people I ever saw!... Three days, man! Three days!"

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

THE BAND

Where's Bob Dylan?

TEN YEARS AFTER

"I'm Going Home... by helicopter."

COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH

The show must go on!

WE ARE ONE

"it's the mud... it's the mud... it's the mud..."

GET OFF THOSE TOWERS

"no rain... no rain... no rain... no rain... no rain... no rain... "

JOE COCKER

I believe Joe Cocker's performance provoked the rain storm.

YOU'RE MAKING THIS SHOW

The Sunday crowd was ready for some music.

I'M A FARMER

"Without Max Yasgur, there wouldn't have been a Woodstock."

GOOD MORNING!

After a night of great music, Wavy Gravy invited everybody for breakfast.
And here we go for the third and last day of the Festival.

WHO ARE YOU

Abbie Hoffman walked on stage during The Who's performance, ripped on acid, and started talking politics on the microphone. Pete Townshend immediately showed him who's stage that was.

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE

"Sly Stone got the biggest audience reaction of any group. The music was beyond powerful. It reached every one of those kids on that hill and into the campsite. You could not escape it."

JANIS JOPLIN

She was wasted, she was sloppy, she didn't give a shit, she just sang.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

GRATEFUL DEAD


The stage was all wet and someone said that it was about to collapse.

MOUNTAIN

Leslie West, known as the three-hundred-pound psychedelic canary, played extended guitar solos. With Felix Pappalardi on bass, the power rock trio performed a long long set of loud hard rock music.

CANNED HEAT

"They were known as the best good-time-boogie band ever."

A MINDFUCKER OF ALL TIMES

John Sebastian wasn't schedule to play at Woodstock at all. He was there as an audience member, flying high on psychedelics with some friends backstage, and was asked to fill another gap between bands.

SANTANA

Santana took the crowd by storm with their Latin/Rock sound. Photographer Baron Wolman and impresario Bill Graham were having fun backstage.

GIMME AN F

Country Joe was asked to fill in a gap between bands, his band wasn't scheduled to play until Sunday.

PORT-O-SAN

"It's not the idea of being behind, you just can't keep up."

THEY NEED WATER

Water shortage and sanitation problem became an emergency.

SATURDAY MORNING

After Joan Baez closed the concert last night, they all went to sleep on a wet field. Saturday morning had a refreshed vibe, payphones around the area allowed kids to contact their families and the free kitchen served breakfast to the crowd. They were ready for a second day of fun and music.

Monday, August 15, 2011

RICHIE HAVENS

"A hundred million songs are gonna be sung tonight. All of them are gonna be singing about the same thing, which I hope everybody who came, came to hear, really. And it's all about you...actually...and me and everybody around the stage and everybody that hasn't gotten here, and the people who are gonna read about you tomorrow. Yes! And how really groovy you were...all over the world, if you can dig where that's at...that's really where it's really at!"

EDDIE KRAMER

Everybody was ready for some music, and Eddie Kramer was ready to record some great moments in History. Even though, at that moment, it didn't quite look like it.

A LOTTA FREAKS

It became the second largest city in the State of New York, population 400,000.

ALL THOSE PEOPLE

"Sit there, look at all those people around you, get acquainted, have a smoke."

RIOT CONTROL

Hog Farm member Wavy Gravy, head of the Please Patrol, had chosen his weapons for riot control.

IT'S A FREE CONCERT!


With the fence down and no ticket booths, the crowd took over the place. And to avoid a possible riot, the promoters had to turn the festival into a free concert.

ART VASSMER

I met Mr. Vassmer in 1997, a very friendly fellow. Back then there wasn't a Bethel Woods Museum and all that, just an open field. That gave me the idea for this book.

HAPPY AV

And they kept coming, it must have been 200,000 people by then.

OPENING DAY

Nelson Rockefeller almost spoiled the big party.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

FREE STAGE

Meanwhile, at the Hog Farm campgrounds the party had already started.

MAIN STAGE

With construction running behind, the entire crew were pulled from their assignments to help on the stage, which now had priority over everything else. No stage, no concert.

BETHEL

Lacking overnight accommodations, the kids only option was to head towards the site. It was like an army invading town.

BUILDING IT UP

Back at the site, workers were racing against the clock to get the stage ready, along with the ticket booths and the fence around the entire area.

MONTICELLO

At the exit from the NY Thruway to Route 17-B, Monticello police reported that large numbers of kids had recently appeared in the city carrying backpacks and sleeping bags.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

LONG TIME COMING

The seed of the Woodstock Nation has been planted.

GOING UP THE COUNTRY

The media brought fear to the parents by luring thousands of kids from all over the country to the Festival.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

GATHERING OF THE TRIBES

The Hog Farm and other hippie communes were there to promote peace at the event.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

LOG ON

Got to get that stage ready!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A NEW BARN?


The old West Shore Road in White Lake NY.

Monday, August 8, 2011

AGAINST ALL ODDS

The month of August always brings me good feelings, like something really exciting is about to happen. And no matter how strong the opposition is, our spirit still shines above it.

Monday, August 1, 2011

KEEP FEEDING EACH OTHER

I'm not giving up. With a little help from my friends, the dream is still alive!