Woodstock 1969 40 Years Later...
On this day in history... August 15-18, 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held in Bethal, New York on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the outdoor festival, which featured 32 musical acts over three days, and was seen by an overwhelming turnout of a half a million attendees. The festival left a lasting cultural legacy in history, and its impact went well beyond to those who attended. Rolling Stone magazine hailed Woodstock as one of the"50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll". The cultural phenomenon was immortalized by a film that won the Best Documentary Oscar in 1970. The documentary brought the Woodstock experience to those who did not make it there, embedding it into the cultural landscape. According to festival organizer Joel Rosenman,"That's what means the most to me - the connection to one another felt by all of us who worked on the festival, all those who came to it, and the millions who couldn't be there but were touched by it."
Rock historian Pete Fornatale goes further."I wanted to make the case that Woodstock was a spiritual experience," says the author of Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock. Fornatale is no religious zealot."I'm not a believer. I'm not a nonbeliever. I'm a wanna-believer," he says. But he's clearly on a crusade to explore the spiritual dimensions of the festival, which organizers moved from the town of Woodstock to a farm near Bethel, which means"House of God" in Hebrew."Spirituality may not be the first thing people associate with Woodstock," says Fornatale, who recently talked about his book at the Museum at Bethel Woods, situated on the site of the festival."But young people were searching for an identity and for a meaning that they found there that weekend." - Houston Chronicle, 8-16-09
Woodstock 1969: A Retrospective
Richie Havens - Freedom - Woodstock 1969
Santana - Soul Sacrifice - Woodstock 1969
The Who - My Generation - Woodstock 1969
Joe Cocker - A Little Help From My Friends - Woodstock 1969
The Star-Spangled Banner - Jimi Hendrix - Woodstock 1969
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