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Woodstock '69
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, 'Im going down to Yasgur's Farm,
Gonna join in a rock and roll band...... 
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I was at Woodstock 69
    Along with half a million others, I was at Woodstock 69. I'd have to call it the experience of a lifetime. When the 30th anniversary rolled around, I was contacted by the Japanese TV network NKH (I had left a note in the guest book of a Woodstock 69 website, which they read and liked) and subsequently interviewed on camera by them about my experiences there.  These pages grew out of what I told them. You'll find an account of my time at the festival, scans from the original program guide, the reportage of the East Village Other (a long gone underground newspaper published in New York's Lower East Side), and  some cool links.- G.W.   

Woodstock '69 Remembered
     The Woodstock Music Festival was a three day event that was held Friday, August 15, 1969 to Sunday, August 17, 1969 in a field in Bethel, New York. The organizers of the festival thought a weekend of music by some of the greatest performers of the era would be attractive....

It was about 9am, time for Hendrix, the headliner.
    He had launched into the national anthem, a moment that would go down in the annals of rock'n'roll. "I remember trying to fall asleep during the 'Star-Spangled Banner'," said Ciganer, Jerry Garcia's buddy. "I just wished he would stop." The party was over.
    The partners had to face a different kind of music. Woodstock Ventures had obtained letters of credit, backed by Roberts' trust fund, from a bank on Wall Street. Now, Ventures was at least $1.3 million in debt. Kornfeld was still muddy when he walked into the banker's office. "He had a tank with a piranha in it......
    Also, Woodstock store (memorbillia)

History of Max Yasgur's Farm
    "Woodstock was no achievement for Max. The festival was just an extraordinary event that widened his experience in life because of his contact with these people." - Mrs. Miriam (Mimi) Yasgur - - - - - Max Yasgur, who died in February, defied local sentiment in Bethel, NY and allowed the event to be held at his farm.

Town of Bethel New York Official Web Site
    Home. Bethel Woodstock Museum. Business Directory. Community Orgs. Dining. Glory Days. Government. Guest Book. History. Links...


~~~  From Bohemians to Beats to Bongs  ~~~

From the Beats to the Bongs
The Beat Generation and the Sixties: a guide to web resources
The University of Adelaide
The phrase "Beat generation" arose out of a specific conversation between Jack Kerouac and John Clellon Holmes in 1948....

Howl
    Allen Ginsberg  (1926-1997)
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,....

Bohemians
    Bohemia is a region of Czech Republic; the nomadic, often vilified, group called the Gypsies or Romany are called "bohemiens" in French. How did this word come to describe the poor artists of Paris in the nineteenth century?...... Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

What is a Bohemian?
    As it applies to the arts is a timeless concept that knows no geogrpahic boundaries. In this context, Bohemia is not a place on a map but any community of people whose paramount interest is literary or artistic in nature.

How the word bohemian came to mean someone or some idea that is offbeat. worldwidewords.org


~~~ SISTER CITYS ~~~

Glastonbury Festival UK
    Famous the world over for its tents, mud and music.
There always seems to be something 'on' in ! The annual music Festival, the Children's Festival, the Dance Festival, the Goddess Conference, the Crop Circle Symposium, the Carnival and much, much more. Here you will find a comprehensive listing of the major annual eventa in addition to all known events listed by week or month.     Major Annual events     Glastonbury

Nimbin Australia
    The town of Nimbin, nestled in the sub-tropical foothills of the eastern edge of an extinct volcano in the rainbow region of Northern NSW, is known as the 'Alternative Capital of Australia'.

 

Want to know more about Woodstock... ?

These and many other books about Woodstock available at the Golden Notebook and other stores.

Woodstock: History of an American Town
Alf Evers 1987
Very readable book covering from pre-history thru the1970s. 670 pages

Images of America: Woodstock
Janine Fallon-Mower 2002
Over 200 photos of Woodstock as a sleepy village. Detailed captions 1890s to about 1950s

Woodstock Gatherings - Apple, Bites & Ashes by Jean  Lasher Gaede
The history of Woodstock, NY in 600+ pages of compelling narratives, newspaper clippings, photographs, theatre posters, drawings, recipes, and even accompanying wine selections.

What's happening in Woodstock right now?
Check out the Woodstock Guide calendar links.
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