Celebrating “Woodstock”! 3 Days Of Pop Culture Magic! The Music! The Nudity! The Brown Acid!

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“Three Days Of Peace And Music” That Changed Pop Culture Forever!

It is the world’s most iconic music festival of all time: Woodstock – the 1969 concert that changed pop culture – and music – forever…

This is one of the most amazing lineups of musical Artists ever to perform at one event, and you can re-live it forever!

Woodstock music

Here’s a trailer for the newly remastered documentary film…

Woodstock crowds 1969

From the moment that hundreds of thousands of music fans clogged the roads leading to the site….to the music that was immortalized forever – like Jimi Hendrix performing the “Star-Spangled Banner”…

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And It Didn’t Take Place At Woodstock!

That’s right! Here’s a fascinating fact: The festival organizers wanted to hold the event in the village of Woodstock in upstate New York, but they couldn’t find a location! Luckily, after losing their permits a month before the show was to happen,dairy farmer Max Yasgur agreed to allow them to have their festival on his property in the Town of Bethel, New York!

CSNY Woodstock lyrics

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young immortalized Yasgur’s Farm with their song about the event, “Woodstock.”

“Well, I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him, tell where are you going?
This he told me
Said, I’m going down to Yasgur’s Farm
Gonna join in a rock and roll band
Got to get back to the land and set my soul free”

Woodstock acid sales

And of course, one of the most memorable moments in the documentary is when it is announced from the stage that “the brown acid is bad”…you can hear it here:

Woodstock festvial 1969

The documentary is an amazing time capsule, a time of “free love”, where there were no inhibitions, and no reported acts of violence at the festival…

Woodstock nudity

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1969 Woodstock rare photos

The four-hour film “Woodstock” won the Best Documentary Oscar in 1970. The film was directed by Michael Wadleigh, with a very young Martin Scorsese an an assistant director.

This 40th anniversary blu-ray includes hours of music not used in the movie:

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Finally, there is this iconic photo, which was used on the cover of the three-LP set that was released after the event:

Woodstock 1969

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I found many of these rare photos at “Suggest.com”, and you can see them all here:

http://www.suggest.com/music/38121/19-rare-photos-that-showcase-the-beauty-of-woodstock?utm_source=fbk&utm_campaign=fb-de-38121&utm_medium=referral&pid=null#slide/8

It’s hard to imagine how peaceful this massive music festival was, considering what happened on the streets of Chicago just a year before:

chicago riot police

The riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention were over America’s role in Vietnam, and there is a movie that captured some of that real violence – because they filmed in the midst of it!

Medium Cool

This amazing film used the riots as a backup to they story of a journalist caught up in the social upheaval of the time…read all about “Medium Cool” by clicking on my story here:

https://johnrieber.com/2015/04/21/medium-cool-1968-chicago-riots-americas-political-turmoil-captured-on-film/

And if you want to see another incredible mix of fact and fiction, check out this movie that was filmed while The Clash were touring England in the late 70’s:

The Clash Live rude boy

Read all about the amazing movie “Rude Boy” by reading my story here:


https://johnrieber.com/2014/03/09/the-clash-is-live-rude-boy-iconic-punk-music-meets-classic-cult-movie/

And while we are at England’s great music festivals, how about the legendary Knebworth:

Knebworth music festival

There are decades of music memories thanks to this incredible festival…where Todd Rundgren and Utopia performed….

Todd Rundgren live at Knebworth

You can read all about that performance, as well as the new box set that captures it all, by clicking here:

https://johnrieber.com/2014/12/25/todd-rundgren-utopia-live-at-knebworth-amazing-box-set-fascinating-musical-history-in-a-box/

And let me know if you’ve taken the time to watch the entire 4+ hours of “Woodstock!”

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