Woodstock Festival of 1969
[Blog] 9 Facts About the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival

“Woodstock was both a peaceful protest and a global celebration.” -Richie Havens 1. The idea for Woodstock came from Michael Lang and Artie Kornfeld who were record company executives that wanted to raise money to build a recording studio in the town of Woodstock in upstate New York. 2. The … Continue reading

Death of Meredith Hunter
Rolling Stones at Altamont Speedway

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“It was so horrible,” said Mick Jagger on watching the footage. See footage of the Rolling Stones concert at the Altamont, where Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death by a member of Hell’s Angels, who were working security at the show. Hunter, dressed in green at the beginning of the video, … Continue reading

Woodstock Festival of 1969
Woodstock Revisited Ten Years Later

Author: Howard Smead “It had become so suddenly dark that I worried as we bobbed and weaved along the black, tree shrouded road that perhaps the Pied Piper was alive and well and piping in New York, a real animal picnic…”  There were three of us: Walt and myself, and … Continue reading

Woodstock Festival of 1969
Richie Havens Stalls at Woodstock

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Singer Richie Havens, who was also the first performer at the original Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York on August 15, 1969, talks about his extended performance that ended up lasting two hours and 45 minutes. Because some of the bands that were supposed to come up after Havens were … Continue reading

Santana
The ‘Trip’ of a Lifetime for Santana

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Carlos Santana and members from his original band describe the performance they put on at the first Woodstock Festival on August 15, 1969 in Bethel, New York. The band shares how they took LSD backstage, anticipating that they had hours until they were supposed to perform. As it turned out, … Continue reading

Woodstock Festival of 1969
‘One Giant Family’

Susan Rodriguez, self-proclaimed hippie that was present during the first Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York on August 15, 1969, takes us day-by-day through the music festival that helped to define a generation. Rodriguez discusses such topics as how people acted in a unified and loving manner, who her favorite … Continue reading

Elvis Presley
Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley Remember Elvis

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In this interview on NBC’s Today Show, wife Priscilla Presley and daughter Lisa Marie Presley fondly remember the late music icon Elvis Presley. Lisa Marie recalls that she was awestruck watching her father perform and declares that “there wasn’t a persona onstage” because Elvis was as great a spirit offstage. … Continue reading

Woodstock Festival of 1969
Photojournalist Among a Hippie Tribe at Woodstock

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Author: Victor Englebert “I had not been a fan of hippies. I had seen them living sloppily on one or two dollars a day in places like Marrakesh. But they understood the futility, injustice, and cruelty of war. They knew that you could not buy happiness with money. They lived … Continue reading

Woodstock Festival of 1969
[Image] Woodstock’s Original Artwork Is a Riot of Color

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Author: David Edward Byrd  In the spring of 1969, Woodstock Ventures asked me to do a poster for the large outdoor concert they were planning for the village of Woodstock, NY. in August of that year. I based the poster on Ingre’s La Source and surrounded that image with cupids, flowers and … Continue reading