Thursday, November 21, 2013

FOUR IN THE CROWD

I don't know why, but to me, this group of 4 have always stood out in the crowd. It seems like they were so in tune with the moment, that I'm sure it would have been fun to hang out with them.
Just another glance on some special people Michael Wadleigh's camera crew captured in the crowd.
Where are they now?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

IT WAS 44 YEARS AGO TODAY

"200,000 THRONGING TO ROCK FESTIVAL JAM ROADS UPSTATE
by Barnard L. Collier (Special to The New York Times)
Bethel N.Y. Aug. 15 - A crowd estimated at more than 200,000 poured into this Catskill Mountain hamlet today for a three-day rock and folk music festival, creating massive traffic jams and a potentially serious security problem.
The police reported that an increasing numbers of cars were being abandoned by motorists on the shoulders of highways as drivers and passengers decided to walk to Bethel. Estimates of the total number of people both at the festival and in the surrounding area were as high as 400,000.
Wes Pomeroy, director of security for the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, who issued the 200,000 figure, warned late this afternoon that Bethel should be avoided..."

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Richie Havens 1941-2013

April 22, Earth Day.
Farewell to a truly gentle soul.

Monday, February 11, 2013

PERFECT SOUNDTRACK

Just saw Quentin Tarantino's homage to spaghetti western... "Django Unchained". Great movie! I was pleasantly surprised by the director's choice for the music soundtrack in a scene with Jamie Foxx, as from the first guitar strum I could recognize Richie Havens leading us to "Freedom"... right off the stage from Woodstock. It was perfect.
Way to go, Mr. Tarantino!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

EARLY STUDIES

This reminds me of a scene from an Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Birds".


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

SKETCHES

Working day and night to put my book together became one of the happiest times in my life. Learning so much doing all the research, arranging the facts in the right chronological order, finding out who was responsible for what and what kind of individual feelings they all had about it, gave me the sense of being part of the whole thing. It was like a spiritual experience. I became so intimate with the event and the players, that I finally realized I had achieved an old dream of mine: To be at Woodstock.
As Jerry Garcia once said: "The thing about Woodstock was that you could feel the presence of invisible time travelers from the future who had come back to see it."
I believe I was one of them.