August 9, 2009 |
Even considering just the live performances during those celebrated "three days of peace and music" 40 years ago, Woodstock remains a magnificent cultural Rorschach test. Baby boomers tout it as the pinnacle of unfettered experimentation that characterized the 1960s. Many members of the punk and post-punk generations still sneer at what can come across as the bombastic self-indulgence of the classic-rock era.
July 23, 2009 |
There's a moment in the documentary "Woodstock" when Michael Lang walks his BSA Victor motorcycle out from a clutter of ladders, cables and wooden slats piled beside a trailer in an open field. A wan-looking reporter asks about the challenges of putting together a music festival. Lang shrugs and smiles. "The biggest hassle is dealing with the politics," he mumbles, fidgeting with the motorcycle. "Are you going to put on another one?" the reporter asks. Lang steps on the kick-start.
June 21, 2009 |
Stand-up comedy is the kind of training ground that can propel you skyward (Jim Carrey, Robin Williams) or leave you toiling in nowhere towns (almost every other joke-teller out there). Demetri Martin still does the occasional comedy gig, but the 36-year-old humorist carries much more on his plate these days: In addition to the starring role in Ang Lee's nostalgic drama "Taking Woodstock" (Aug.
June 9, 2009 |
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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May 22, 2009 |
When your last name is Yasgur, you get used to people asking: "Yasgur? As in that Yasgur?" And if you're Abigail Yasgur -- second cousin of the late Max Yasgur, who thrust the family name into the spotlight by lending his upstate New York dairy farm for the Woodstock festival -- the frequent queries make you proud enough to want to share the tale.
May 31, 2008 |
Jimi Hendrix's dive-bombing guitar runs on "The Star-Spangled Banner." Rain chants. Joe Cocker's chicken strut. The love, mud and three days of music. The Woodstock experience is a museum piece now. The Museum at Bethel Woods opens Monday on the site of the old dairy farm northwest of New York City that was trampled under by some 400,000 people on the wet weekend of Aug. 15-17, 1969. Part of a $100-million music and arts center, it tells the story of Woodstock. Mocked recently by conservatives as a "hippie museum," the exhibits actually give a thorough look at the generation-defining concert and the noisy decade that led up to it. Displays include a run of the chain link fence placed around the concert site in a futile bid to keep out freeloaders and a plaque telling the story of Leni Binder, a local woman who made peanut butter sandwiches for the concert kids.
February 13, 2008 |
It was a good thing, after all, that Levon Helm stayed home from the Grammys, where he won in the best traditional folk category for "Dirt Farmer," his comeback album following throat cancer, and also picked up a lifetime achievement award for being part of the Band. It turns out the Woodstock, N.Y.-based crooning drummer was a three-time winner over the weekend: His daughter Amy gave birth Saturday night, a month ahead of schedule, to his first grandchild, a boy. -- Paul Lieberman
October 28, 2007 |
A museum dedicated to Woodstock will rock on even though the federal government pulled $1 million in funding for the memorial to the hippie fest. Officially, the Woodstock museum is known as the Museum at Bethel Woods, and is to open next year. Bethel is the upstate town where organizers put on the three-day Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969.