Fri, Aug. 15: On this day 45 years ago, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, An Aquarian Exposition, began outside of Bethel in upstate New York. It became a defining moment in the cultural history of the 20th century. The mega-festival summarized everything that had come before it, stood alone as an indelible snapshot of its immediate time and place, and set a pattern for all outdoor concerts to come. Echoes remain.
The Green Man hitchhiked to Yasgur’s farm virtually, and his guests reveled in the remarkable performances, interviews, and images captured so long ago. We feasted on intriguing handmade pastries, swilled beer and wine, danced, and generally hung out. Many of us donned our tie-dye outfits, headbands, and vests with protest buttons. Most could only imagine what it must have been like for those 400,000 young people who got to be there then.
We are blessed to have witnessed, even from afar, all that incredible talent and the outpouring of good vibes. This is the legacy that still informs many of our activities. This is why we go to Kerrville and ACL. This is why we believe that it’s natural to coexist in harmony with our neighbors. This is why we know that singer-songwriters, poets, and other artists can lead the way to a better world now and tomorrow.
Warmly aglow, we’ll continue the retrospective this evening with a look at Taking Woodstock, then let loose of the memory for some span. Perhaps we’ll do it again for the 50-year observance in 2019. See ya then!
We are stardust, we are golden
and we’ve got to get ourselves
back to the garden.