Peace, Music & Memories of 1969 Revisited


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Jimi Hendrix rocks the crowd on stage at Woodstock Aug. 18, 1969. Attendee Jean Nichols captured this historic moment on film. Photo courtesy of Jean Nichols.

Few experiences or events stand the test of time, and for some, the state of mind, like Woodstock has. Forty years after a crowd of nearly 500,000 spent three days at a farm field in upstate New York, the event still speaks volumes about our society and a shift in culture.

Woodstock: Peace, Music & Memories takes you back to the historic concert and society-changing experience through the words and photos of the people who were there.
 
“Everyone looked just like us,” remembers Robin Chanin, as stated in Chapter 2 “Please Walk on the Grass.” “It was a great equalizer. No one stood out. There was a moving river of blue jeans and flowing hair, lots of beads, embroidery and flowers. We parked our car in a field with others, and not knowing where to go, we joined the throng and the movement simply took us there.”

These are the memories of those who made the trek across the state, across the country, and across the ocean to simple “be” in the presence of others with a passion for peace and a love for music with a message. Whether you’re reliving your own experiences at Yasgur’s field those three days in the summer of 1969, or simply gaining a deeper appreciation for the transformation of three ordinary days into an extraordinary moment in American history, this book is definitely a trip worth taking.

Reminisce with Woodstock co-organizer Artie Kornfeld as he recalls the planning and promotion of the event, from the meeting with Max Yasgur at his farm field, to the moment organizers realized the ticket booths wouldn’t be ready in time, and on to the clean up after three days of memorable, but muddy, peace and music. Just like any great trip back through time this book also brings memories to life through a variety of color and black and white photos of people, places, memorabilia and legendary musical moments.

Organized by pre-event, each day of Woodstock, and life after Woodstock, this book is entertaining and inspiring. Framed by groovy illustrations, stories about eating at the Hog Farm Free kitchen as rain fell from the sky, hitching a ride from the Garden State Parkway to get to the field, and sitting mesmerized while the likes of Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix moved a generation, fill page after page of this one-of-a-kind guide.

“The sixties saw the golden age of rock and roll, the advent of psychedelica, and the turmoil of the most violent times in American history,” said Don Alter, famed rock music photographer and historian, in Chapter 1 of Woodstock: Peace, Music & Memories. “The migration to Woodstock was a gathering of ‘Rainbow Warriors.’ We were communal, culturally diverse, and in search of universal peace through the music that defined our generation.”

Experience it all again, or for the first time with Woodstock: Peace, Music & Memories, which is available now at the Collect.com Shop. As an added bonus, when you order your copy by June 1 you’ll receive FREE SHIPPING.* Just include Coupon Code ATRB52609 when ordering.

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This signed copy of the original Woodstock dove on a guitar poster, with White Lake as the location of the event is priced at $2,250. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries.
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Nearly 500,000 people filled 600 acres of Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York.
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"Light" served as transportation to the event and housing for the three days of Woodstock for Trudy Morgal. Photo courtesy of Bob Hieronimus.

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