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Woodstock’s 40th Anniversary
Posted: August 10th, 2009

40 years ago nearly half a million young people visited the sleepy town of Bethel, NY to attend a three day rock festival held on Max Yasgur’s 600 acre farm. This would prove to be a pivotal moment, marking the end of the turbulent 60’s and ingraining itself in America’s culture.

SundayArts travels to the Museum at Bethel Woods, built at the original site, to explore the legacy of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair festival. Wade Lawrence, museum director, sits down to discuss how the museum is teaching new generations about the festival in context of the 60’s. Duke Devlin, Museum Site interpreter and festival attendee, gives us a tour of the grounds, and WFUV DJ Pete Fornatale weighs in on the significance of the 40th anniversary. Pete is also the author of “Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock”.

Also featured in the segment are photographs taken by Woodstock’s official photographer, Elliott Landy as well as photos donated by festival goers. Elliott Landy’s photos of Bob Dylan, The Band, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Van Morrison, and many others documented the music scene during that classic rock and roll period which culminated with the 1969 Woodstock Festival. “Woodstock Vision, The Spirit Of A Generation The Photographs of Elliott Landy” is available at www.landyvision.com.

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