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August 7, 1994 | Steve Hochman
What a difference 25 years makes with the media. The press got caught short by the original Woodstock festival in 1969. Who knew it was going to be a cultural landmark? "None of the other writers wanted to go," recalls Atlantic Records President Danny Goldberg, who was assigned to the rock festival as a 19-year-old cub reporter for Billboard magazine. "I was excited to go, but the regular reviewers were into going to the Copacabana (nightclub) and getting free drinks."
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June 12, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Loose and ragtag, stirring and poignant, the documentary "Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm" proves a fitting tribute to its late star, perhaps best known as the singer-drummer of the influential late-1960s and '70s folk-rock group the Band. Shot mainly in and around Helm's Woodstock, N.Y., farmhouse and recording studio, director Jacob Hatley's twilight-time portrait evocatively captures the ailing yet genial musician - he died of throat cancer last year at age 71 - as he assembles his comeback album, the Grammy Award-winning "Dirt Farmer.
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July 28, 1994 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is hardly a mellow, tie-dyed happening. A quarter of a century after Woodstock, promoters are scrambling to leave little to chance this time on the fringes of this picturesque Hudson Valley village. Construction crews have built two huge tanks on the Winston Farm, each holding 1 million gallons of water. Workers have stretched 25,000 feet of pipes leading to drinking stations. Security personnel have erected more than 10 miles of chain-link fence surrounding the property.
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April 22, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
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.
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March 8, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
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.
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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)
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August 16, 1989 | From Associated Press
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.
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August 25, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
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.
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October 15, 1999 | MARC WEINGARTEN
*** VARIOUS ARTISTS "Woodstock 99" Epic We all know about the raging bonfire that the summer's Woodstock festival turned out to be, but the three-CD soundtrack (in stores Tuesday) aims to answer the musical question: Just how incendiary were the acts themselves? Fortunately for those who kept a safe distance from the mayhem, Woodstock 99 aimed to please, regardless of whether attendees leaned toward metal mosh music or soft-focus folk-pop.
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August 17, 1998 | JOHN MILWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"It's all so different now, isn't it?" said Pete Townshend on Saturday from a stage in the same alfalfa field where, 29 years ago, the Who gave a career-making performance at 1969's Woodstock Music & Arts Fair. Indeed, those differences were seen throughout the first two days of a three-day series of daytime concerts marketed under the name "A Day in the Garden."
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August 25, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
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.
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June 9, 2009 | Robert Hilburn
There is much truth to the argument that the landmark Woodstock festival functioned more as a turning point for the business of rock 'n' roll than for music itself. The photos of hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in a field in upstate New York that were sent around the world delivered a message that youth culture could be exceedingly lucrative.
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June 4, 2004 | Randy Lewis
If members of the Woodstock generation don't already feel like museum pieces, they'll have a new reason to do so: On June 19, the New York State Museum in Albany unveils a 35th anniversary exhibition exploring the celebrated "three days of peace, love and music." The centerpiece will be "Spirit of the Woodstock Generation: The Photographs of Elliott Landy," featuring images captured by one of the festival's two official photographers.
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July 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
Fans rushed the stage during a Pearl Jam concert at one of Europe's largest rock festivals Friday, crushing to death at least eight people and injuring three others, Danish police said. The injuries occurred while the rock band was performing on the main Orange Stage at the annual open-air Roskilde Festival near Copenhagen, the capital. "Several people were crushed or trampled to death," police said in a statement. The rush occurred at 11:40 p.m., police said. Members of Pearl Jam implored the crowd to move back because people were being pressed against the stage, and the message was repeated over the loudspeakers, Danish radio said.
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December 3, 1999 | ANN BRENOFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"There is always a little heaven in a disaster area." --Announcement from the stage at the Woodstock Festival of Music and Art and Aquarian Exposition, August 1969. * "Heaven? Did he say heaven?" I asked my festival-going companion, my "old man" in the vernacular of the day. We were sitting on a blanket that hours earlier had become one with the sea of mud that engulfed us. Directly above our heads, Mr.
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October 15, 1999 | MARC WEINGARTEN
*** VARIOUS ARTISTS "Woodstock 99" Epic We all know about the raging bonfire that the summer's Woodstock festival turned out to be, but the three-CD soundtrack (in stores Tuesday) aims to answer the musical question: Just how incendiary were the acts themselves? Fortunately for those who kept a safe distance from the mayhem, Woodstock 99 aimed to please, regardless of whether attendees leaned toward metal mosh music or soft-focus folk-pop.
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April 22, 2013 | Times staff and wire reports
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.
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July 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
Fans rushed the stage during a Pearl Jam concert at one of Europe's largest rock festivals Friday, crushing to death at least eight people and injuring three others, Danish police said. The injuries occurred while the rock band was performing on the main Orange Stage at the annual open-air Roskilde Festival near Copenhagen, the capital. "Several people were crushed or trampled to death," police said in a statement. The rush occurred at 11:40 p.m., police said. Members of Pearl Jam implored the crowd to move back because people were being pressed against the stage, and the message was repeated over the loudspeakers, Danish radio said.
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August 16, 1999 | From Associated Press
Woodstock veterans returned to Max Yasgur's old farm Sunday, this time for a 30th anniversary show more notable for sweet nostalgia than muddy mayhem. Nudity, rain, gate crashing and other hallmarks of the famous 1969 show that drew 400,000 people were in short supply at the "Day in the Garden" concert. Instead, this was a one-day show geared toward '60s stalwarts and their families who wanted to hear the likes of folk singers Arlo Guthrie and Richie Havens.
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August 7, 1999 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like ashes, the fallout from the fires and riots of Woodstock 99 are settling throughout the concert world and no one is more aware of the potentially smothering effects than the organizers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. Tickets go on sale today for the Oct. 9-10 show, which will feature Beck, Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Morrissey and five dozen other acts. It will be the first major U.S.
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