August 2, 1994 |
"It used to be us versus them. Then, we became them and the kids became us. Except, we're also still us . . . aren't we?" --Hector Lizzardi, site manager for Woodstock '94. * On a steamy summer morning, Woodstock II is busy being born. With a roar, Hector Lizzardi's Jeep bounces to the top of a grassy ridge and shudders to a halt. Behind the wheel, the ponytailed man with a '60s heart and a '90s bankroll points proudly to the green meadow below.
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April 22, 2013
Richie Havens, the veteran folk singer whose frenetic guitar strumming and impassioned vocals made him one of the defining voices and faces of Woodstock and 1960s pop music, died Monday of a heart attack at his home in Jersey City, N.J. He was 72. His death was confirmed by his booking agent, Tim Drake. The Brooklyn native with the powerful ripsaw voice galvanized rock fans as the opening act at Woodstock, the festival billed as "Three Days of Peace and Music" in upstate New York in August 1969.
March 8, 1989 |
Folk singer Richie Havens, whose up-tempo rendition of George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun" was a musical centerpiece of the Woodstock festival 20 years ago, reportedly hopes to do a live reunion festival in Moscow that would feature such acts as John Sebastian (formerly of the Lovin' Spoonful), Joe Cocker and the newly risen Jefferson Airplane. Havens' production company would produce the concert special for MTV Networks, which operates the MTV and VH-1 all-music cable services.
August 26, 1989
Ten years from now, if someone puts on a "30 Years After Woodstock Festival" and The Times covers it, please don't send a pop critic again--send a human being. I perceived the "20 Years After" festival at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Aug. 19 as a birthday party held to celebrate Woodstock, not a concert intended to duplicate it. In his Aug. 21 article, " '20 Years After': Weak Woodstock Vibes," reviewer Chris Willman shouldn't have tried to measure the festival by counting births, rainfall, brown acid tabs or bodies (copulating or not)
August 16, 1989 |
Drug policy director William J. Bennett complained Tuesday about the "memory distortion" in the nostalgia that has welled up around the 20th anniversary of the Woodstock festival. The 45-year-old Bennett, a one-time guitar player and fan of early rock 'n' roll, recited what he called a "casualty list from Woodstock" of rock performers, including singer Janis Joplin, who died in later years from drug overdoses.
August 25, 2009 |
Woodstock, N.Y., is a short 17 miles from Bard College, home of the college's far-reaching Wagner festival. As I drove down from Albany International Airport to Bard, the town seemed an appropriate stop for lunch, not the least because Garden Cafe, in the village green, is reputed to be the best vegan restaurant in the region, and Wagner was a vegetarian. Not surprisingly, Woodstock is festooned with colorful reminders of the 40th anniversary of the famous "3 Days of Peace and Music" held about 70 miles away but known anyway as the Woodstock festival.