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What’s happening with Woodstock 2009 festivals and releases…

Check out some of the Woodstock 40th Anniversary Press Releases.

Arnold Skolnick’s Woodstock 40th Anniversary Poster Revealed

West Fest with Artie Kornfeld, Father of Woodstock (free)

When & Where:

October 25 / Golden Gate Park, San Francisco CA

Organized By:

2b1 Multimedia (Boots Hughston) and the Council of Light in association with Artie Kornfeld, the original producer of the Woodstock ’69 music festival

west-fest-woodstock-40th-anniversaryWith a special tribute to Jimi Hendrix

One of this summer’s top enjoyments promises to be the West Fest, in beautiful San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on October 25. According to 2b1 Multimedia, the concert company owned by sax legend Boots Hughston, West Fest is a free event and will feature “Hundreds of San Francisco stars and musical luminaries will perform at this event to commemorate the original principles of Peace, Love and Spirituality. The Woodstock 40th will begin with a blessing by the American Indigenous People and several Beat Generation poets. There will be many speakers from the Peace Movement, the Free Speech Movement and the Anti-War movement along with many of the acts who originally performed at Woodstock (to be announced). There will also be a Green Vendor Village with merchandise highlighting the emerging Green Movement.” For more info check out their latest Press Release with a list of performers, or visit http://www.2b1records.com/woodstock40sf/.


The Pied Piper of Woodstock by Artie Kornfeld

Artie Kornfeld

Release Date:

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The much anticipate memoirs of Artie Kornfeld cover from 1953 with Fats Domino and his mothers recognition as the creator of The Freedom Rides and telethons for The Congress of Racial Equality, including a letter from the President of CORE stating that without Shirley Kornfeld, integration of the schools in America would have been pushed back 30 years. The book covers Artie’s years in music as a writer, producer, performer, promotion director, record label owner, and artist, as well as his 100+ Gold and Platinum awards. This magical journey takes you through the building of the music culture in America nd also story of Woodstock as he and Linda experienced it. In addition, Artie tells about the Miracle at the Pan Am Building, when one day before Woodstock he convinced Fred Weintraub, VP of Motion Pictures at Warner Brothers, after a 30 hour battle to make the movie deal for Woodstock (1970) by signing a hand written document with Warners which only Fred Weitraub and Artie signed. The project they had turned down many times when shown to them by others.

The Road To Woodstock: A Definitive Look Back


Michael Lang and Holly George-Warren

Release Date:

June 30, to buy checkout Woodstock books


The memoir which Michael Lang has written is met with much anticipation from all over the globe. The book will be released on June 30 by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing, and is co-authored by Holly George-Warren. According to Ecco, Lang “takes us to the rain-soaked fields and on the stage with musical giants like Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, and Crosby Stills & Nash” and also “brings the reader on the colorful journey from his first music festival ever to concepting and building the American cultural touchstone that became Woodstock.”

Woodstock The Oral History, 40th Anniversary Edition


Joel Makower, Foreword by Michael Lang and Joel Rosenman
Read our interview with Joel Makower

Release Date:

Available now, to buy checkout Woodstock books


A fascinating story of how it all came together-and almost fell apart-told exclusively in the voices of the men and women who made it happen. You’ll get behind-the-scenes stories from such people as David Crosby, Abbie Hoffman, Miriam Yasgur, Richie Havens, Wavy Gravy, Paul Kantner, Chip Monck, and a host of others. Read more about Woodstock: The Oral History, 40th Anniversary Edition

The Woodstock Story Book

Author & Photographer

Linanne Sackett & Barry Levine

Release Date:

Now Available, to buy checkout Woodstock books


“The Woodstock Story Book” is a chronologically and anatomically correct pictorial account of the historic 1969 Festival. It includes over 240 full color photographs by Barry Z Levine, official photographer of the Academy Award winning Woodstock film, and text by Linanne Sackett that resonates with the charm and humor of Dr. Seuss. The book captures the performers, personalities, audience, excitement, mood, and action from the beginning——the conversion of Max Yasgur’s cow pasture into the world famous iconic site all the way through three days of fun, sun, and storms——to the muddy, garbage strewn aftermath. The Woodstock Story Book’s 154 pages include many exceptional, never-before-seen photographs of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, the Who, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, The Band, Sly and the Family Stone, John Sebastian, Ten Years After, The Incredible String Band, Tim Hardin, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and many more.www.woodstockwitness.com

Woodstock Peace Music & Memories


Woodstock Preservation historians Joanne Hauge and Brad Littleproud, with foreword by Artie Kornfeld and epilogue by Wavy Gravy

Release Date:

Now Available, to buy checkout Woodstock books


Check out http://www.woodstockpeace.com

Woodstock Three Days That Rocked The World


Mike Evans and Paul Kingsbury, foreword from Martin Scorsese

Release Date:

Now Available, to buy checkout Woodstock books


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Max Said Yes! The Woodstock Story for kids (3-8)


Abigail Yasgur and Joseph Lipner, illustrated by Barbara Mendes

Release Date:

Now Available, to buy checkout Woodstock books


Where would we be without the great myths handed down for generations. The hero of this Woodstock 40th Anniversary release is the kind dairy farmer, Max Yasgur who agreed to allow Woodstock Ventures to hold the concert on his farm at the last moment. Written by Max’s cousin Abigail Yasgur and her husband Joseph Lipner, this kids story teaches children and has fun with the legendary festival in a playful manner. Wavy Gravy is another loveable character with his “Please Force” and breakfast in bed for 400,000 orchestration. Check out http://www.maxsaidyes.com for more info.

Taking Woodstock: The True Story of a Riot, A Concert, and a Life


Elliot Tiber and Tom Monte

Release Date:

Now Available, to buy checkout Woodstock books


Elliot Tiber was immersed in the counterculture and was involved in the gay movement of the era as well as helping orchestrate Woodstock. Tiber helped maintain his parent’s upstate New York motel in the midst of financial troubles. When he learned that Woodstock organizers were stripped of their entertainment permit for the town of Wallkill, NY, he contacted Woodstock organizer Michael Lang. The events that were to follow changed history and defined an entire generation.


The Heroes of Woodstock

When & Where:

Multiple dates & venues (August 15 @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts)

Organized By:



Woodstock veteran Country Joe McDonald will host a concert tour featuring original Woodstock bands Canned Heat, Jefferson Starship, Ten Years After, Melanie, The Grateful Dead’s Tom Constanten, and Big Brother and the Holding Company. In addition, Richie Havens may perform at noon on August 14th at Bethel Woods Center For The Arts. The shows, which are a celebration of Woodstock’s 40th anniversary, will be held on multiple dates at venues around the nation. Stick with us for more info. Check out Gen-X site at www.theheroesofwoodstock.com

WoodFest ’09

When & Where:

August 14-16 / The Washita Hideaway in Davis, Oklahoma

Organized By:

WoodFest Productions


Woodfest ’09 will take place on August 14th-16th at the Washita Hideaway in Davis, Oklahoma. The festival may be one of the largest Woodstock related events to date. More info coming soon.http://www.woodfest09.com
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A Woodstock Tribute

When & Where:

August 14 & 15 / Galt Airport, McHenry County IL (approx. 50 miles NW of Chicago)

Organized By:

Galt Festivals –  Learn More

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This summer, music fans will converge on Galt Airport in celebration of the Woodstock 40th Anniversary. Concluding the two-week Woodstock Mozart Festival (August 1-15), a two day concert lineup will feature 8 tribute bands playing Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, CCR, The Grateful Dead, Santana, Joe Cocker, and Crosby Stills Nash & Young as some of the finest tribute bands in the land and the show will go on whether rain or shine. For more info check out http://www.tribute2woodstock.com and http://www.visitmchenrycounty.com/navigation/dynevents/index.php.

Spirit of Woodstock Festival

When & Where:

July 31 to August 9 / Mirapuri, Italy

Organized By:

Mira Sound Germany together with Filmaur Multimedia and the Omnidiet Resort and Business Hotel

Spirit of woodstock 2009 festival

The Spirit of Woodstock Festival in Mirapuri, Italy is the leading European Festival of the Free&$45;Music Revolution with free camping & free entrance and friendly prices for food, drinks and hotel accomodations. It will be combined with the hearty feasting and drinking flavour of Mirapuri’s one and only original Bavarian Oktoberfest in Italy as well as the love Flowerpower-Happening of the Mirapuri Rainbow Gathering. The Spirit of Woodstock Festival in Mirapuri offers great multicultural entertainment with international flair and an inimitable atmosphere of Love and Joy. Visit www.SpiritOfWoodstockFest.com for more info.

WRPI Radio Station Features “Summer of Woodstock” Music (also available online)

From June through August, recordings from the Woodstock festival will air Sunday evenings from 8 to 10 p.m. EST on 91.5 FM for audiences in New York’s Capital Region. The program will also be available via live Web stream at http://wrpi.org. Additionally, since some of the artists have not released their full Woodstock performances, a portion of the two-hour program will feature other studio and live recordings from Woodstock artists. Read the Press Release.


Woodstock 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition

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The Woodstock 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition of the historical documentary “Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music” will be released on June 9 on Bue-ray and DVD formats. The movie will include two hours of bonus performances, some of which has never been seen by the public. The acts will include five groups who have never appeared on previous releases of the film.

This Woodstock 40th anniversary release will offer an updated format for the film and give enthusiasts the experience of enhanced picture quality and a format that was previously unavailable. The Woodstock 40th anniversary film will also include an hour of bonus material including interviews with Artie Kornfeld, Michael Lang, and Martin Scorsese among others. The Blue-Ray format will also allow users to customize their own Woodstock playlist from the 18 performances featured on the film.

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Taking Woodstock (2009) is scheduled to be released in August 2009. The film is the story of Elliot Tiber, which through a series of fortuitous events helped make the Woodstock vision a reality. Tiber is played by deadpan comic Demetri Martin and directed by Ang Lee. Taking Woodstock is one of the most anticipated rock films of the year and is one of the many releases that Woodstock fans will be looking forward to in celebration of the Woodstock 40th anniversary.

With a cast consisting mainly of comedians, Taking Woodstock is expected to be a light hearted and funny insight into the life of Elliot Tiber as well as the most historical music festival in history. The whirlwind of events which brought Woodstock 1969 to fruition are displayed with warmth and emotion while focusing on an individual who had no idea how large his part in shaping history would be. The movie also stars Leiv Schreiber, Paul Dano, Emile Hirsch, and Eugene Levy.


Check out these highly anticipated releases as well as others to commemorate Woodstock’s 40th Anniversary.

The Woodstock 40th Anniversary will be met with tons of DVD releases as well as movies and books highlighting the story behind Woodstock. Organizer of the original festival Michael Lang is also spearheading an operation which will include two concerts to celebrate the achievement. These events promise to be much more eventful than your typical 40th anniversary.

Among the events listed above, a Woodstock 40th anniversary documentary has been planned with VH1 behind the project. The documentary will feature Michael Lang as the executive producer and provide a detailed look into the rock festival from those who were involved. The comprehensive film will cover the festival’s performers, isolated incidents, preparations, and its impact on society. An official date of airing is yet to be determined, but it’s expected to air sometime in August.

The Woodstock 40th Anniversary will be met with dvds and remastered videos as well as Hollywood movies highlighting the process of Woodstock becoming a reality.

 40th Anniversary of Woodstock ’69 Festival

The weekend of August 15th marks the Woodstock 40th Anniversary. Right on. So you can be sure it will be met with many celebratory concerts, unseen video footage, picture montages, book and blog publishing, and an ever encompassing nostalgia. With a corporate lead circus embedded deep into the mainstream, it will be interesting to see how prevalent the true core values of Woodstock and the 1960s will be in it’s contemporary form. Even in the midst of a historic presidency, they are still just as relevant if not more I believe. With that said, here are the goodies. That is, the latest updated information surrounding the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock events.