Woodstock 40th Anniversary Events

Everyone’s starting to talk about Woodstock 1969… all over again. Talk about Deja Vous. 😉

Hippie girls giving peace sign

Maybe it’s because all us old baby boomers are getting nostalgic. But I think it’s because it was such a special time in everyone’s life. The 60’s were really like no other time… and I won’t go into all the details that made it special but anyone who didn’t go through a major change during that time wasn’t paying attention.

Anyways…

To commemorate the event there’s all kind of events planned. Here’s a partial list that I will continue to update as I get more information.

Most of the cool stuff won’t happen until August when the festival actually happened. That gives you plenty of time to grow your hair (if you have any left) and get that beard back in shape. You ladies can hit the thrift stores looking for that old hippie clothing. And don’t forget to practice giving the peace sign.

A List Of Woodstock 40th Anniversary Events

  • Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, a comedy starring Liev Schreiber, Demetri Martin and Eugene Levy, hits theaters Aug. 14. It’s based on the autobiography of Elliot Tiber, who offered his festival permit to the organizers.
  • Woodstock 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm, a 77-track, six-CD box set ($79.98) that touts itself as the most comprehensive collection of performances, will be released Aug. 18 by Rhino. The label also has just released remastered CD versions of the original triple-album Music From the Original Soundtrack and More: Woodstock and its 1971 double-album sequel, Woodstock Two.
  • Sony’s Legacy Recordings is releasing five two-CD Woodstock Experience packages from festival performers ($19.98 each, Tuesday). One disc is a remastered version of a classic studio album; its mate features the artist’s complete festival performance. Among titles: Jefferson Airplane’s Volunteers, Joplin’s I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! and Sly & the Family Stone’s Stand!
  • Cable channels VH1 and History have collaborated on a two-hour rockumentary, Woodstock: Now & Then, to premiere Aug. 14 on VH1 and VH1 Classic (9 ET) and Aug. 17 on History (8 ET).
  • Lang also has joined with Genesis Publications to produce a $533 limited-edition (1,000 copies) book, The Woodstock Experience, featuring unpublished lyrics, materials from his archives and an unused festival ticket. Other books include disc jockey Pete Fornatale’s Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock (Touchstone, $24.99, July 7), a collection of first-person accounts; Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World (Sterling, $35, July 7), a day-by-day, act-by-act guidebook; and Woodstock Vision: The Spirit of a Generation (Backbeat Books, $35), photos from festival photographer Elliott Landy.
  • Two anniversary concerts will be staged in August at the original site, now home to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and The Museum at Bethel Woods. On Aug. 14, Richie Havens, the original festival’s opening act, will perform; the next day, a Heroes of Woodstock concert will feature eight acts, including the Levon Helm Band, Jefferson Starship, Ten Years After and Canned Heat (tickets, 800-745-3000 or bethelwoodscenter.org). The museum also commemorates the event with special exhibits and a lecture series.
  • Sony and Woodstock Ventures have just relaunched Woodstock .com to make it a social networking site that will include WikiStock, an interactive encyclopedia.

Despite the flood of products and celebrations, Lang says the festival’s most enduring legacy are the ideals it celebrated. “We are at a moment now when a lot of those seeds planted in the Woodstock era are beginning to flower,” he says. “From the green movement to sustainable development and organic gardening, all these things seem to be coming back to us now after wandering in the wilderness these many years.”