History Buzz: August 2009

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor/Features Editor at HNN. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

August 17, 2009: Woodstock 1969 40th Anniversary Special

HISTORY BUZZ:

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

This Week’s Political Highlights 

BIGGEST NEWS STORIES:

  • Woodstock: 40 years later: BABY BOOMERS won’t let go of the Woodstock Festival. Why should we? It’s one of the few defining events of the late 1960s that had a clear happy ending. On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people, me among them, gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), N.Y. We listened to some of the best rock musicians of the era, enjoyed other legal and illegal pleasures, endured rain and mud and exhaustion and hunger pangs, felt like a giant community and dispersed, all without catastrophe…. – NYT, 8-16-09
  • Woodstock Nation, Part 1: The Woodstock Music & Art Fair began 40 years ago this Friday afternoon at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y. I had seen an advertisement in the July 27, 1969 Sunday New York Times Arts section, and ordered tickets — $18 for all three days, Aug. 15, 16 & 17, 1969…. – Projo.com, 8-14-09
  • Woodstock Nation, Part 2: The music went for 24 hours: BY THE TIME CARLOS Santana finished playing Soul Sacrifice Saturday afternoon at Woodstock, he was a major star. “Every band changed the vibes,” recalls Dena Quilici, one of the many there from southeastern New England. And the crowd came alive for Santana. The by-now broiling sun, the hunger and thirst and mud, the Army helicopters intermittently turning fire hoses on us full-force to cool us off – “all those troubles kind of went away once you just settled down and started listening to the music,” says Ty Davis…. – Projo.com, 8-14-09
  • Woodstock Nation, Part 3: We had pulled it off: Despite two days of uncomfortable conditions, peace and music are both holding out. Sunday is the acid test. The storm bore down on us, all hard rain and whipping wind, just after Joe Cocker ended the set that opened Woodstock, Day 3. “The ground was slippery red clay, and then it really looked like Baghdad,” remembers Dottie Clark, one of the many from southeastern New England who were there. “People selling the junk of the time were packing up, my friends were crying, and I was laughing. I thought it was funny. I said, ‘Someday you’ll see that this was something.’ ” Cocker had finished his set with what may have been the best live performance ever given: With a Little Help From My Friends…. – Projo.com, 8-14-09

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

On This Day in History….This Week in History…. August 17-23, 2009

  • LIFE Classic: Woodstock: LIFE’s Best PhotosLife Magazine, 8-09
  • Music and Memories – NYT, 8-16-09
  • Re-‘Taking Woodstock’ – the complete 1969 concert setlists and playlists, in order: The book, Taking Woodstock, by Elliot Tiber with Tom Monte, has been adapted to a film with the same name directed by Ang Lee, and the picture will be released on August 28, 2009. However, this upcoming weekend marks the actual 40th anniversary of the summer outdoor festival of “peace and music,” that changed popular culture in the United States and around the world from that moment on. The original concert took place starting Friday evening, August 15, and ran through Monday, August 18, 1969. Over 400,000 people showed up, nearly 1/2 million…. – Examiner, 8-12-09

IN THE NEWS:

  • Winfield Myers: Brandeis professor accuses Yale University Press of gag order Jytte Klausen The Cartoons that Shook the World? - Campus Watch (8-14-09)
  • Helen Rappaport: Women historians ‘too timid’ to write about men – Telegraph.co.uk (8-13-09)

OP-EDs & BLOGS:

REVIEWS & FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Alistair Horne: When Henry Was in Control: KISSINGER 1973, The Crucial YearWaPo, 8-16-09
  • Alistair Horne: KISSINGER 1973, The Crucial Year, Excerpt – WaPo, 8-16-09
  • Elie Wiesel: RELIGION On Solomon RASHIWaPo, 8-16-09
  • Kate Cambor: HISTORY The New Age GILDED YOUTH Three Lives in France’s Belle Epoque – WaPo, 8-16-09
  • Pete Fornatale, Michael Lang with Holly George-Warren: Three Days in August BACK TO THE GARDEN The Story of Woodstock, THE ROAD TO WOODSTOCKNYT, 8-9-09
  • Pete Fornatale: BACK TO THE GARDEN The Story of Woodstock, Excerpt – NYT, 8-9-09
  • Michael Lang with Holly George-Warren: THE ROAD TO WOODSTOCK, Excerpt – NYT, 8-9-09

PROFILED & FEATURED:

  • Patrick Allit: Emory University Professor Tells Part of the History of “The Conservatives”: In his recently published sixth book, The Conservatives, Emory University professor Patrick Allitt undertakes his most comprehensive effort to date in writing the history of the modern conservative movement…. – The New American, 8-17-09
  • Adam Zerta “Stunning Ancient Find From the Holy Land”: Archaeologists from Israel’s University of Haifa, who were exploring in the Jordan Valley near Jericho, have made a stunning find: an artificial underground cave filled with various engravings, including markings of crosses. The cave, which is the largest in Israel, was originally a large quarry during the Roman and Byzantine era and really is one of a kind, according to archaeology professor Adam Zerta, who led the dig. Zerta thinks the cave, which is about one acre in size, was used as an early monastery. – Netscape, 8-09

QUOTED:

  • Niall Ferguson: Not Only Do I Dislike the President’s Budget Policies, He’s Also Black!” – Matthew Yglesias at his blog (8-11-09)
  • Tracy Borman: BBC period show, The Tudors, is ‘historically inaccurate’, leading historian says: “Yes, the scriptwriters may have taken liberties with the facts, but they have also succeeded in re-creating the drama and atmosphere of Henry VIII’s court, with its intrigues, scandals and betrayals.” – Telegraph (UK) (8-10-09)

INTERVIEWED:

HONORED, AWARDED &APPOINTED:

EVENTS CALENDAR:

  • Inaugural Semester-long seminar on Constitutional History offered at N-Y Historical Society this fall: Lincoln’s Constitution will be taught at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The seminar will be held on September 17 and 24 and on October 1, 15, 22, and 29, 2009. NYHS Press Release (7-20-09)

ON TV:

  • BBC to launch new series on history of Christianity – Religious Intelligence, 6-19-09
  • C-SPAN2: BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS History Detectives: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: “Woodstock: Now & Then” – Monday, August 17, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “God vs. Satan” – Wednesday, August 18, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “First Apocalypse” – Thurdsay, August 20, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “More Extreme Marksmen” – Friday, August 21, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT

BEST SELLERS (NYT):

NYT Non-Fiction Best Sellers List – August 23, 2009

  • #1 – Michelle Malkin: CULTURE OF CORRUPTION
  • #3 – Ronald Kessler: IN THE PRESIDENT’S SECRET SERVICE
  • #9 – Douglas Brinkley: THE WILDERNESS WARRIOR
  • #10 – J. Randy Taraborrelli: MICHAEL JACKSON (THE MAGIC, THE MADNESS, THE WHOLE STORY, 1958-2009)
  • #13 – C. David Heymann: BOBBY AND JACKIE
  • #21 – Doug Stanton: HORSE SOLDIERS

COMING SOON BOOKS:

  • William A. DeGregorio: The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents, Seventh Edition, August 15, 2009
  • Brooks D. Simpson: The Reconstruction Presidents (Paperback), August 18, 2009
  • Richard C. Hoagland: Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA (Revised), September 1, 2009
  • Douglas Hunter: Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage That Redrew the Map of the New World, September 1, 2009
  • Noah Andre Trudeau: Robert E. Lee: Lessons in Leadership, September 1, 2009
  • Annette Gordon-Reed: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (Paperback), September 8, 2009
  • Jon Krakauer: Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, September 15, 2009
  • Dean C. Jessee (Editor): The Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations, Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books, September 2009
  • James Patterson: The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King – A Nonfiction Thriller, September 28, 2009
  • Timothy Egan: The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, October 19, 2009
  • L. Fletcher Prouty: JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy, (Paperback), November 1, 2009
  • Edward Kritzler: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom–and Revenge, (Paperback), November 3, 2009
  • Anthony Haden-guest: Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night (Paperback), December 8, 2009

DEPARTED:

Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009 at 11:11 PM

August 10, 2009: Douglas Brinkley on Roosevelt… Remembering Woodstock 1969’s 40th Anniversary

HISTORY BUZZ:

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

This Week’s Political Highlights 

BIGGEST NEWS STORIES:

  • Tomb search could end riddle of Shakespeare’s true identity: A sarcophagus in an English parish church could solve the centuries-old literary debate over who really wrote the plays of William Shakespeare…. – Telegraph UK, 8-9-09
  • Amelia Earhart Mystery Solved? ‘Investigation Junkies’ to Launch New Expedition DNA Evidence on a Remote Island May Reveal the Truth About Earhart’s Disappearance – ABC News, 8-5-09
  • Britain says goodbye to Harry Patch, the last of its World War I soldiers: The tribute to Patch, who died two weeks ago at age 111, reflects the emotional grip that the ‘war to end all wars’ still holds on the nation…. – LAT, 8-6-09

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

On This Day in History….This Week in History…. August 10-16, 2009

  • Woodstock: A Moment of Muddy Grace: BABY boomers won’t let go of the Woodstock Festival. Why should we? It’s one of the few defining events of the late 1960s that had a clear happy ending…. – NYT, 8-9-09

IN THE NEWS:

OP-EDs & BLOGS:

REVIEWS & FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Douglas Brinkley: Natural Man THE WILDERNESS WARRIOR Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for AmericaNYT, 8-9-09
  • Douglas Brinkley: THE WILDERNESS WARRIOR Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, Excerpt – NYT, 8-9-09
  • Pete Fornatale, Michael Lang with Holly George-Warren: Three Days in August BACK TO THE GARDEN The Story of Woodstock, THE ROAD TO WOODSTOCKNYT, 8-9-09
  • Pete Fornatale: BACK TO THE GARDEN The Story of Woodstock, Excerpt – NYT, 8-9-09
  • Michael Lang with Holly George-Warren: THE ROAD TO WOODSTOCK, Excerpt – NYT, 8-9-09
  • Andrew Roberts: HISTORY Band of Bickering Brothers MASTERS AND COMMANDERS How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945WaPo, 8-9-09
  • James Gavin: Cabaret Queen STORMY WEATHER The Life of Lena HorneWaPo, 8-9-09
  • Timothy R. Pauketat: HISTORY Down by the Riverside CAHOKIA Ancient America’s Great City on the MississippiWaPo, 8-9-09
  • William T. Vollmann: HISTORY On the Border IMPERIAL – WaPo, 8-9-09
  • Christopher Caldwell: RELIGION Make Way For the New Europeans REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN EUROPE Immigration, Islam, and the WestWaPo, 8-9-09
  • John R. Hale: Rowing to DemocracyNYT (8-6-09)

PROFILED & FEATURED:

QUOTED:

  • Lawrence Powell “Katrina anniversary visit by President Barack Obama appears unlikely”: “Nationally, Katrina is old news, ” said Tulane University historian Lawrence Powell. “I think right now the president is more focused on the economy and health care.”… – Times-Piscayne 8-10-09
  • Allan Meltzer “Morning in America Means a ‘Long Slog’ as Phelps Eyes Recovery”: “It is worrisome how we can finance the deficit without having inflation,” said Allan Meltzer, a Fed historian and economics professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh…. – Bloomberg, 8-3-09

INTERVIEWED:

  • An Interview with Charles Geisst: How Americans Got Into a Credit Card Mess – Time (8-8-09)

HONORED, AWARDED &APPOINTED:

SPOTTED:

  • Historian Douglas Brinkley on Theodore Roosevelt Seattle Central Library – KUOW, 8-6-09

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

EVENTS CALENDAR:

  • Inaugural Semester-long seminar on Constitutional History offered at N-Y Historical Society this fall: Lincoln’s Constitution will be taught at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The seminar will be held on September 17 and 24 and on October 1, 15, 22, and 29, 2009. NYHS Press Release (7-20-09)

ON TV:

  • BBC to launch new series on history of Christianity – Religious Intelligence, 6-19-09
  • C-SPAN2: BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS History Detectives: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: “Life After People” – Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 2-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “MonsterQuest” – Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 2-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Hillbilly: The Real Story” – Thurdsay, August 13, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Angels & Demons Decoded” – Friday, August 14, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Behind The Da Vinci Code ” – Friday, August 14, 2009 at 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Ink” – Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Woodstock: Now & Then” – Monday, August 17, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT

BEST SELLERS (NYT):

NYT Non-Fiction Best Sellers List – August 16, 2009

  • #1 – Michelle Malkin: CULTURE OF CORRUPTION
  • #7 – Douglas Brinkley: THE WILDERNESS WARRIOR
  • #11 – J. Randy Taraborrelli: MICHAEL JACKSON (THE MAGIC, THE MADNESS, THE WHOLE STORY, 1958-2009)
  • #12 – C. David Heymann: BOBBY AND JACKIE
  • #14 – Doug Stanton: HORSE SOLDIERS
  • #13 – Craig Nelson: ROCKET MEN
  • #27 – Richard Wolffe: RENEGADE
  • #35 – Larry Tye: SATCHEL

COMING SOON BOOKS:

  • William A. DeGregorio: The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents, Seventh Edition, August 15, 2009
  • Brooks D. Simpson: The Reconstruction Presidents (Paperback), August 18, 2009
  • Richard C. Hoagland: Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA (Revised), September 1, 2009
  • Douglas Hunter: Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage That Redrew the Map of the New World, September 1, 2009
  • Noah Andre Trudeau: Robert E. Lee: Lessons in Leadership, September 1, 2009
  • Annette Gordon-Reed: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (Paperback), September 8, 2009
  • Jon Krakauer: Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, September 15, 2009
  • Dean C. Jessee (Editor): The Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations, Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books, September 2009
  • James Patterson: The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King – A Nonfiction Thriller, September 28, 2009
  • Timothy Egan: The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, October 19, 2009
  • L. Fletcher Prouty: JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy, (Paperback), November 1, 2009
  • Edward Kritzler: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom–and Revenge, (Paperback), November 3, 2009
  • Anthony Haden-guest: Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night (Paperback), December 8, 2009

DEPARTED:

Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 1:17 AM | Top

August 3, 2009: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. & FDR / Obama Parallels

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

This Week’s Political Highlights 

BIGGEST NEWS STORIES:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

On This Day in History….This Week in History…. August 3-10, 2009

IN THE NEWS:

OP-EDs & BLOGS:

REVIEWS & FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • Kevin Mattson: No We Can’t “WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU UP TO, MR. PRESIDENT?” Jimmy Carter, America’s “Malaise,” and the Speech That Should Have Changed the CountryNYT, 8-2-09
  • Richard Brookhiser: MEMOIR Conservatively Speaking RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative MovementWaPo, 8-2-09
  • Bradley Graham: MILITARY HISTORY A Warrior Fighting the Wrong War BY HIS OWN RULES The Ambitions, Successes and Ultimate Failures of Donald RumsfeldWaPo, 8-2-09
  • Tracy E. K’Meyer: Civil-rights history lesson Professor’s book examines Louisville’s experience Civil Rights in the Gateway to the SouthLouisville Courier-Journal, 7-19-09

PROFILED & FEATURED:

  • King’s tower of ‘bling’ recreated: The opulent interiors of King Henry II’s Dover Castle have been recreated by English Heritage in a £2.45m project lasting two years. – BBC, 7-31-09
  • Douglas Brinkley: Takes a long, fond look at Theodore Roosevelt Times-Picayune (7-29-09)
  • Andrew Roberts: The history man who loves to party – U.tv.news (7-26-09)
  • Civil War Museum sounds alarm on leaving Philadelphia – Philadelphia Inquirer, 7-24-09

QUOTED:

  • Jonathan Alter “‘Nice’ Wasn’t Part of the Deal”: Still, by the mid-1930s, according to the Newsweek columnist (and F.D.R. historian) Jonathan Alter, Roosevelt was openly complaining that the nation’s bankers seemed to have forgotten how much the government had done for them. “In 1936,” Mr. Alter said, “F.D.R. compared them to a drowning man who is saved by a lifeguard and four years later returns to ask the lifeguard angrily: ‘Where’s my silk hat? You lost my silk hat!'” – NYT, 8-1-09

INTERVIEWED:

  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: FDR had people over for drinks, too – Huffington Post (7-27-09)
  • Juan Cole interviewed about Afghanistan, Iran and other hot spots – www.roozonline.com (8-1-09)
  • Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze: Historian discusses new book on an academic exodus that saved lives and changed mathematics Mathematicians Fleeing from Nazi Germany: Individual Fates and Global Impact Inside Higher Ed, 7-27-09

HONORED, AWARDED &APPOINTED:

SPOTTED:

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

EVENTS CALENDAR:

  • Inaugural Semester-long seminar on Constitutional History offered at N-Y Historical Society this fall: Lincoln’s Constitution will be taught at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The seminar will be held on September 17 and 24 and on October 1, 15, 22, and 29, 2009. NYHS Press Release (7-20-09)

ON TV:

  • BBC to launch new series on history of Christianity – Religious Intelligence, 6-19-09
  • C-SPAN2: BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS History Detectives: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: “Egypt: Engineering an Empire” – Monday, August 3, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Dark Ages” – Monday, August 3, 2009 at 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Underground Apocalypse” – Monday, August 3, 2009 at 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “How The Earth Was Made” – Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 2-7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Life After People & That’s Impossible: Eternal Life” – Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ancient Aliens ” – Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Hitler Conspiracy” – Thurdsay, August 7, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nazi America: A Secret History” – Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 4pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Lost Worlds: Secret U.S. Bunkers” – Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Tora, Tora, Tora: The Real Story of Pearl Harbor” – Friday, August 7, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT

BEST SELLERS (NYT):

NYT Non-Fiction Best Sellers List – August 9, 2009

  • #5 – C. David Heymann: BOBBY AND JACKIE
  • #11 – Doug Stanton: HORSE SOLDIERS
  • #13 – Craig Nelson: ROCKET MEN
  • #18 – J. Randy Taraborrelli: MICHAEL JACKSON (THE MAGIC, THE MADNESS, THE WHOLE STORY, 1958-2009)
  • #23 – Larry Tye: SATCHEL
  • #32 – Richard Wolffe: RENEGADE

COMING SOON BOOKS:

  • William A. DeGregorio: The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents, Seventh Edition, August 15, 2009
  • Brooks D. Simpson: The Reconstruction Presidents (Paperback), August 18, 2009
  • Richard C. Hoagland: Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA (Revised), September 1, 2009
  • Douglas Hunter: Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage That Redrew the Map of the New World, September 1, 2009
  • Noah Andre Trudeau: Robert E. Lee: Lessons in Leadership, September 1, 2009
  • Annette Gordon-Reed: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (Paperback), September 8, 2009
  • Jon Krakauer: Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, September 15, 2009
  • Dean C. Jessee (Editor): The Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations, Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books, September 2009
  • James Patterson: The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King – A Nonfiction Thriller, September 28, 2009
  • Timothy Egan: The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, October 19, 2009
  • L. Fletcher Prouty: JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy, (Paperback), November 1, 2009
  • Edward Kritzler: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom–and Revenge, (Paperback), November 3, 2009
  • Anthony Haden-guest: Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night (Paperback), December 8, 2009

DEPARTED:

  • STUART I. ROCHESTER, 63: Co-Wrote Influential Book on POWs – WaPo, 8-1-09
  • Alan C. Hall taught technology and history at Gateway Community and Technical College and pushed for the onetime vocational school to offer more for its students – Chronicle of Higher Ed (7-27-09)

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 5:26 AM

On This Day in History…. Woodstock 1969 40 Years Later…

Woodstock 1969 40 Years Later…

On this day in history… August 15-18, 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held in Bethal, New York on Max Yasgur’s Dairy Farm. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the outdoor festival, which featured 32 musical acts over three days, and was seen by an overwhelming turnout of a half a million attendees. The festival left a lasting cultural legacy in history, and its impact went well beyond to those who attended. Rolling Stone magazine hailed Woodstock as one of the “50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll”. The cultural phenomenon was immortalized by a film that won the Best Documentary Oscar in 1970. The documentary brought the Woodstock experience to those who did not make it there embedding it into the cultural landscape. According to festival organizer Joel Rosenman, “That’s what means the most to me – the connection to one another felt by all of us who worked on the festival, all those who came to it, and the millions who couldn’t be there but were touched by it.”

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  • Woodstock: How Does It Sound 40 Years Later?Time, 8-24-09 Time Woodstock Videos
  • Woodstock: 40 years later: BABY BOOMERS won’t let go of the Woodstock Festival. Why should we? It’s one of the few defining events of the late 1960s that had a clear happy ending. On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people, me among them, gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), N.Y. We listened to some of the best rock musicians of the era, enjoyed other legal and illegal pleasures, endured rain and mud and exhaustion and hunger pangs, felt like a giant community and dispersed, all without catastrophe…. – NYT, 8-16-09
  • Woodstock Nation, Part 1: The Woodstock Music & Art Fair began 40 years ago this Friday afternoon at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y. I had seen an advertisement in the July 27, 1969 Sunday New York Times Arts section, and ordered tickets — $18 for all three days, Aug. 15, 16 & 17, 1969…. – Projo.com, 8-14-09
  • Woodstock Nation, Part 2: The music went for 24 hours: BY THE TIME CARLOS Santana finished playing Soul Sacrifice Saturday afternoon at Woodstock, he was a major star. “Every band changed the vibes,” recalls Dena Quilici, one of the many there from southeastern New England. And the crowd came alive for Santana. The by-now broiling sun, the hunger and thirst and mud, the Army helicopters intermittently turning fire hoses on us full-force to cool us off – “all those troubles kind of went away once you just settled down and started listening to the music,” says Ty Davis…. – Projo.com, 8-14-09
  • Woodstock Nation, Part 3: We had pulled it off: Despite two days of uncomfortable conditions, peace and music are both holding out. Sunday is the acid test. The storm bore down on us, all hard rain and whipping wind, just after Joe Cocker ended the set that opened Woodstock, Day 3. “The ground was slippery red clay, and then it really looked like Baghdad,” remembers Dottie Clark, one of the many from southeastern New England who were there. “People selling the junk of the time were packing up, my friends were crying, and I was laughing. I thought it was funny. I said, ‘Someday you’ll see that this was something.’ ” Cocker had finished his set with what may have been the best live performance ever given: With a Little Help From My Friends…. – Projo.com, 8-14-09

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  • LIFE Classic: Woodstock: LIFE’s Best PhotosLife Magazine, 8-09
  • Music and Memories – NYT, 8-16-09
  • Re-’Taking Woodstock’ – the complete 1969 concert setlists and playlists, in order: The book, Taking Woodstock, by Elliot Tiber with Tom Monte, has been adapted to a film with the same name directed by Ang Lee, and the picture will be released on August 28, 2009. However, this upcoming weekend marks the actual 40th anniversary of the summer outdoor festival of “peace and music,” that changed popular culture in the United States and around the world from that moment on. The original concert took place starting Friday evening, August 15, and ran through Monday, August 18, 1969. Over 400,000 people showed up, nearly 1/2 million…. – Examiner, 8-12-09
  • Woodstock Flashback | Remembrance of Things PastNYT, 8-17-09
  • Woodstock ’94: Watchin’ puddles gather rain: Do you remember the Mud People? Not Max Yasgur’s liberated hippies of 1969, but their children: the gleeful renegades of my generation tumbling through the mud 25 years later as blue-haired Berkeley punks led them in song at Woodstock ’94…. – Chicago Sun News,
  • Woodstock’s Worst Legacy: Violence And Greed In 1999: Today marks the 40th anniversary of the final day of the original Woodstock (the music actually carried over into the wee hours of August 18), so a lot of people are re-evaluating the lasting legacy of the festival. Did it really usher in a message of peace and love, or was it simply the beginning of a brand name? Is it truly a great representation of the era’s mentality or just another slice of Boomer nostalgia?… – MTV, 8-17-09

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  • Four decades after the three days of mud and music: Woodstock is 40: Woodstock is one of those points in history that defined a zeitgeist. It was peaceful, drugged-up, loaded with a new type of kid out to make changes in the world, populated by a whole group of musicians redefining the market, and it worked. Thousands of people were there, and took their stories home to those who weren’t, passed them on to their children long after the fact. And it was filmed, documented and documentaried, which further defined what it was and how it was assimilated into our culture. And this weekend, it turns 40…. – Examiner, 8-16-09
  • 40 years later, Woodstock’s spiritual vibes still resonate: “A community grew out of Woodstock,” says organizer Michael Lang in his new book The Road to Woodstock. “A sense of possibility and hope was born and spread around the globe.”
    Rock historian Pete Fornatale goes further. “I wanted to make the case that Woodstock was a spiritual experience,” says the author of Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock. Fornatale is no religious zealot. “I’m not a believer. I’m not a nonbeliever. I’m a wanna-believer,” he says. But he’s clearly on a crusade to explore the spiritual dimensions of the festival, which organizers moved from the town of Woodstock to a farm near Bethel, which means “House of God” in Hebrew. “Spirituality may not be the first thing people associate with Woodstock,” says Fornatale, who recently talked about his book at the Museum at Bethel Woods, situated on the site of the festival. “But young people were searching for an identity and for a meaning that they found there that weekend.” – Houston Chronicle, 8-16-09
  • Music Review | The Heroes of Woodstock Back to the Garden, Without the Shock, or All That Mud: Tie-dye and peace symbols were everywhere at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday, and many of the people wearing them were pointing at a grassy hillside and saying, “When I was here in 1969. …” – NYT, 8-16-09
  • 40 years later, Woodstock a thriving business: Back in 1969, Woodstock organizers billed their three-day festival as “An Aquarian Exposition.” But although the concert became free when an expected crowd of 200,000 grew “half a million strong,” it was conceived as a business proposition…. – Reuters, 8-16-09
  • Pete Fornatale: OPINION: Why is this Woodstock anniversary so different?: I’ve been doing Woodstock anniversary celebrations on the radio since the first one in 1970. Without a doubt, the 40th this weekend is the most powerful and profound for me. What has changed? The mythology hasn’t. That began not long after Woodstock was over. In his audio documentary, “The Sixties,” made in 1971, the late, great Walter Cronkite had the following to say about the fabled music festival: “Twenty-seven days after ‘Tranquility Base,’ on an un-tranquil sea of mud, there was a walk in space that 400,000 long-haired pilgrims in and out of sweatshirts called ‘the greatest weekend since the creation.’” The Garden of Eden image has long been used to sanctify Woodstock….. – Newsday, 8-16-09
  • To Be Old and in WoodstockNYT, 8-16-09

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  • Woodstock at 40: Everywhere a song and a celebration: Playing an electric guitar that seemed as charged and as amped as the sold-out crowd of 15,000, 15-year-old Conrad Oberg of Florida opened the 40th anniversary Woodstock concert at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Saturday by playing the instrumental version of The Star-Spangled Banner that Jimi Hendrix made famous in August 1969…. – USA Today, 8-15-09
  • Woodstock – A look back in booksExaminer, 8-15-09
  • The Long, Strange Trip of Woodstock Ventures: Woodstock was a business. A very poorly run business. The four organizers, John Roberts (who died in 2001), Joel Rosenman, Michael Lang, and Artie Kornfeld were all in their 20s when they formed a company called “Woodstock Ventures” with the original intention of building a recording studio and retreat in the upstate New York town where Bob Dylan lived. They were in it to make money, but it didn’t quite work out that way. It wasn’t for lack of trying, though, and two things were definitely in their favor early on: they had a great idea and they knew their audience….. – Huffington Post, 8-13-09
  • Woodstock: A Moment of Muddy Grace: BABY boomers won’t let go of the Woodstock Festival. Why should we? It’s one of the few defining events of the late 1960s that had a clear happy ending…. – NYT, 8-9-09
  • Pete Fornatale, Michael Lang with Holly George-Warren: Three Days in August BACK TO THE GARDEN The Story of Woodstock, THE ROAD TO WOODSTOCKNYT, 8-9-09
  • Pete Fornatale: BACK TO THE GARDEN The Story of Woodstock, Excerpt – NYT, 8-9-09
  • Michael Lang with Holly George-Warren: THE ROAD TO WOODSTOCK, Excerpt – NYT, 8-9-09

Woodstock Remembered

Woodstock 1969: A Retrospective

Richie Havens – Freedom – Woodstock 1969

Santana – Soul Sacrifice – Woodstock 1969

Jefferson Airplane Saturday Afternoon Woodstock 1969

The Who – My Generation – Woodstock 1969

Joe Cocker – A Little Help From My Friends – Woodstock 1969

Crosby Stills Nash A Long Time Gone Woodstock 1969

The Star-Spangled Banner – Jimi Hendrix – Woodstock 1969

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