In the final episode of a trio devoted to Thirteen’s “Summer of ’69” celebration, WNET Up Next takes a look at the iconic music festival that took place in August of 1969 on a farm in upstate New York. Originally planned as a small “Aquarian Exposition”, Woodstock drew hundreds of thousands of people to an event which evolved into a history making celebration of “peace, love and rock and roll”. Jasmine Wilson of WNET’s Community Engagement Department joins Tom Stewart for the behind the scenes story of the “Summer of ’69” project and describes how she was able to recruit the interviewees heard on the podcasts this summer., as well as on social media. She also outlines the current activities of Community Engagement and how it expands the reach of WNET’s efforts in the larger community.
Eight area residents are our “witnesses to Woodstock”: Susan and Robert Heiferman were celebrating their first anniversary and borrowed a camp van to make the trip. Ira Stone played as part of singer-songwriter Bert Sommer’s group and was accompanied by his wife, Maxine. Currently WNETs Vice President of Human Resources, Charlene Shapiro was a Brooklyn high school student who went to Woodstock in a psychedelically painted ’57 Chevy. Adrian Lyss, Don Stark and Drew Semon also share their Woodstock memories.
The podcast closes with Ira and Maxine Stone’s rendition of Bert Sommer’s “Jennifer”, a song heard on the opening night of Woodstock. On PBS, American Experience is airing several sixties -related programs including Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation and Summer of Love. American Masters is presenting a look at the life of Janis Joplin. Many of the “Summer of ’69” programs are available for streaming at PBS.org and for station members on Thirteen Passport. For more information, check out:
Recorded at WNET Audio C – July 30, 2019
Audio Engineering: Josh Broome
Editor: Samantha Lobo
Host/Producer: Tom Stewart
Executive Producer: Daena McBride
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