Monday, August 17, 2009

"Woodstock: Then & Now" on History Channel

I was in the Army, stationed at Ft. Eustis, VA in the summer of 1969, and vaguely remember the reports of the Woodstock festival dripping back to our barracks.

On Monday Aug. 17, the History Channel aired a two-hour documentary “Woodstock: Now & Then”, link here. The film recounts the enormous traffic jams and physical squalor of the muddy quagmire of an event attended by half a million people.

There was plenty of free love and protests of the Vietnam war. The concert would be followed by Algenon, and then by the tragedy at Kent State in Ohio in May 1970.

The documentary also covered the filming of the movie "Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music" by Michael Wadleigh. In “Superscope” it spanned three hours, and I saw it in Indianapolis in 1970. It was like an indie film but was distributed by Warner Brothers which, according to the documentary, tried to yank the film away.

There is a controversial YouTube posting (Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie) critical of the WB remaster here. Note his DMCA worries.

Home movies from Barbara Bedic

Attribution link for public domain copy of original Woodstock poster on Wikipedia.

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