(Most recent photos added Saturday morning, 11:21 am.)
This WEEKEND is loaded with FESTIVALS, CONCERTS, and more, even some ARTIST WORKSHOPS. All THAT is in our many-times-updated August events edition that you can get fast 'n free, by clicking right HERE!
First, our piece on the 50th anniversary and what it means, is
"Music history, legend, and myth: Woodstock, August 15-18, fifty years ago"
reachable by clicking the title above.
|"Easy Rider" L to R: Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson|
Remembering Hollywood icon Peter Fonda
On the second day of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, PETER FONDA, an actor who rose to fame in the same year, left us. He will always be best remembered for his role in the 1969 counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," though his career would, years later, include an Oscar-nominated role in "Ulee's Gold" (an award he lost to his "Easy Rider" costar). Peter Fonda died Friday of complications from lung cancer. Though his screen persona will keep him forever young, he was 79 years old. Watch the Jeff Glor report on "CBS this Morning Saturday" (2 min 27 sec video; ignore the app stuff and just press play).
There's MUCH more you won't find anywhere else...
YOUR GUIDE TO CELEBRATING WOODSTOCK IS THIS ENTIRE EDITION
Because we've got to get ourselves back to the garden...
Loaded with photos from this weekend -- 50 years ago.
|The festival moved, chased-out by|
residents who feared "a hippie invasion,"
before it landed in Bethel, NY
(Click to enlarge image)
LIVE SHOW, ON STAGE...
|The traffic jam paralyzed roads for 17 miles|
and closed the NY State Throughway.
Above: fiat124spider-spidersweb.nl; Below: mcrfb.com
On TV, CNN:
Sat, Aug 17:
6 pm-7 pm - "WOODSTOCK AT 50" (2019) is a new CNN special in which reporter Bill Weir journeys across America to talk to musicians who played the legendary festival in 1969. (No re-airing scheduled.)
On TV, PBS...
Sun, Aug 18:
5 pm-6 pm - "WOODSTOCK: 50 YEARS LATER" (2019) repeats last week's documentary about how the festival happened, which is fascinating, but the filmmakers' inability to pay the crushing music royalties keeps the soundtrack devoid of all the iconic performances. On KCET-LINK.
The really BIG presentations:
On TV & online...
WOODSTOCK on TV and ON-DEMAND online: are on -- are you ready for this? -- C-SPAN-!
"MICHAEL LANG: THE ROAD TO WOODSTOCK" (44 mins, taped 7/25/09 in the "HISTORY BOOKSHELF" series).
* Michael Lang talked about his memoir "The Road to Woodstock: From the Man Behind the Legendary Festival" (Ecco; June 30, 2009).
* A co-founder of the Woodstock Music Festival, he recounts the creation and execution of the concert including the booking of the acts, several of whom were unknown at the time, and the procurement of Max Yasgur’s farm in upstate New York that would be used as the concert venue.
* He talked with his co-writer, Holly George-Warren, and then they both responded to questions from members of the audience.
* Michael Lang is currently the head of the Michael Lang Organization, which manages live-event and film and theater productions. Mr. Lang has produced several other festivals, including the concert at the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and Woodstock '94.
* AIRS: Sat, Aug 17, C-SPAN-2, 6:16-7 am; &
Sun, Aug 18, C-SPAN-3, 1-1:45 pm; 11-11:45 pm.
* WATCH ON-DEMAND at: https://www.c-span.org/video/?288311-1/the-road-woodstock
* Wade Lawrence, director and senior curator of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Museum, describes how the three-day rock concert ended up in Bethel, 60 miles from the town of Woodstock, and how it became a historic site.
* AIRS: Sat, Aug 17, C-SPAN-3, 8:55-9 am; &
Sun, Aug 18, C-SPAN-1, 1:31-1:36 pm; 11:45-11:50 pm.
* WATCH ON-DEMAND at: https://www.c-span.org/video/?463423-1/woodstock-music-festival-historic-site
* Country Joe McDonald and Peter Yarrow talked about the role of music in the anti-Vietnam Warmovement. Mr. McDonald performed with “Country Joe and the Fish.” Mr. Yarrow was a member of “Peter, Paul and Mary.”
* “What are We Fighting For” was a panel at a three-day “Vietnam War Summit” held at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.
* AIRS: Sat, Aug 17, C-SPAN-2, 1:45 pm; &
Sun, Aug 18, C-SPAN-3, 11:50 pm-12:45 am.
* WATCH ON-DEMAND at: https://www.c-span.org/video/?408551-2/music-vietnam-war
"ARTIE KORNFELD ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW" (Taped 4/7/14).
* The 1969 Woodstock Festival's co-creator Artie Kornfeld talked about the historic three-day concert that attracted nearly half a million people to a dairy farm in upstate New York.
* He recounted details of how Woodstock came together, signing the musical artists, and the concept and business arrangements for the documentary film.
* Mr. Kornfeld is the author of “The Pied Piper of Woodstock.” The interview was conducted by Greg Peterson, co-founder of the Robert H. Jackson Center.
* AIRS: Sun, Aug 18, 1:55-2:30 pm on C-SPAN-3.
* WATCH ON-DEMAND at: https://www.c-span.org/video/?463376-1/artie-kornfeld-oral-history-interview
"FEMINISM AND 1960-1970s POPULAR MUSIC" (1 hr 15 mins, taped 4/1/14).
* Indiana University history professor Michael McGerr talked about women and feminism in 1960-1970s popular music.
* This class was from his course titled “Rock, Hip Hop and Revolution: Popular Music in the Making of Modern America, 1940 to the Present.”
* This program contains language that some viewers may find offensive.
* AIRS: Sat, Aug 17, 5-6:15 pm & 9-10:15 pm on C-SPAN-3; Sun, Aug Aug 18, C-SPAN-3.
* WATCH ON-DEMAND at: https://www.c-span.org/video/?318487-1/feminism-1960-1970s-popular-music
"GENDER AND 1960s ACTIVISM" (1 hr 10 min , taped 4/1/19).
* Stevenson University Professor Jamie Goodall taught a class about female activists and the 1960s civil rights movement.
* She focused on several women in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee who held leadership roles and the challenges they faced.
* AIRS: 8:55-10:05 am on C-SPAN-3.
* WATCH ON-DEMAND at: https://www.c-span.org/video/?459360-1/gender-1960s-activism
"COMMUNISTS ON CAMPUS" (55 mins, 1970, shown in the "REEL AMERICA" film series).
* This film presents a critical look at a July 1969 Revolutionary Conference in Oakland, California and argues that radicals seek a socialist-communist overthrow of the U.S. government.
* The entire counter-culture was seen by the Nixon-Agnew "Silent Majority" as being a bunch of "Pinko commies," so including this film was inspired.
* AIRS: Sat, Aug 17, 7-7:55 pm on C-SPAN-3; &
Sun, Aug 18, 1-1:55 pm on C-SPAN-3
* WATCH ON-DEMAND at: https://www.c-span.org/video/?463374-1/communists-campus
"DISTANT DRUMMER, A MOVABLE SCENE" (26 mins, 1970, show in the "REEL AMERICA" series)
* Narrated by actor Robert Mitchum, this documentary takes a sympathetic yet critical look at the 1960s counterculture movement and argues against drug abuse.
* AIRS: Sun, Aug 18, 8:20-8:44 am, 3:38-4 pm, 7:55-8:21 pm on C-SPAN-3; repeats at 4:44 am.
* WATCH ON-DEMAND at: https://www.c-span.org/video/?463375-1/distant-drummer-movable-scene
Photo special section: four days at Woodstock in August, 1969, selected from dozens of archives...
Photography in 1969 was done with film, and newspapers and most magazines ALL shot black & white. A lot of the color film of the time was not stable over time, using organic dyes. In addition, the emulsion on color transparencies (slides) proved tasty to tiny bugs that are still eating the history of the 20th century.
Keep in mind with the first three photos, the Woodstock stage was huge.
Top & just below: cyber-breeze.com/12-crazy-woodstock-festival-photos/
|Richie Havens improvised what would become his signature piece --"Freedom" -- because|
he was forced to open the festival and hold the stage until other acts could arrive.
And he had already played every song he knew. NPR photo
|Baron Wolman photo|
|Some had tents, others just fell asleep anywhere. omgcheckitout.com|
|Grungy from the long hikes (from wherever cars were abandoned alongside|
hopelessly clogged roads), pre-rain dust and post-rain mud, a farm pond
swollen by rain runoff became a legendary swimmin' hole. bobgruen.com
|Max Yasgur's Farm was a dairy farm, and Woodstock was held on its cattle feed crop field.|
The cows apparently enjoyed the music. Baron Wolman photo.
|From '60s gonzo journalists to The Who's "Magic Bus," converted school buses remain |
a key symbol of the mobility, wanderlust, and portability of protests of the counter-culture. bobgruen.com
|In the age before generic face-painting booths or pop-tops, searching|
for a "church key" can opener with uniquely adorned eyes
was a way to make friends. woodstock-festival.tumbler.com
|Melanie Safka, who performed and recorded as Melanie, was a favorite. Why isn't she |
remembered among the '60s biggest stars? She should be. vintag.es
|Some of the crowd stayed to tackle the debris. Such things are organized in advance |
these days. At Woodstock, it was a spontaneous realization of need.
|Of the four or five million who claim to have |
been there (and weren't), if you meet this 50-
something woman, here's the proof she was.
Remember -- this WEEKEND is loaded with FESTIVALS, CONCERTS, and more, even some
ARTIST WORKSHOPS. All THAT is in our many-times-updated August events edition that you can get fast 'n free, by clicking right HERE!
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"