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.
August 17, 1998 |
"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."
October 15, 1999 |
*** 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.