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September 2013 - We moved our online discussion forum to this new location. The old Yahoo Group is a ghost town and this new forum is a great way to stay in touch with
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August 2012 - Woodstock Complete 2012 was released! There are many new additions. It fits on 26 cd's or 1 dual layer dvd! Read more about it here.
August 2009 - I was interviewed by the CBC about Woodstock last night. I was asked what was so special about Woodstock and why I liked it so much. This patriotic American and Israeli isn't much of a hippy. Growing up in Miami in the 80's, the closest thing we had to hippies were burnouts - a phase where you had long hair, wore rock'n'roll t-shirts and smoked pot. We weren't so political in the 80's. We were sent to after school activities, not Vietnam. The 1980's are when America started two habits that became evident in the past year - saving less and eating more. A lot of hippies ended up overweight and materialistic by their 50's.
"I love the music," I said. "Of course the culture and times of Woodstock added to it all, but it was the excellent music played that made Woodstock what is was. You could've had all the other parts in place and if the music performed at Woodstock hadn't been so good, we wouldn't be talking about it 40 years later."
"Listen to The Who's performance, Joe Cocker, Santana, Blood Sweat & Tears, Sly & The Family Stone, Sha Na Na, Jimi Hendrix - that's where you'll find the magic of Woodstock."
I'm celebrating the 40th anniversary of Woodstock by listening to my Woodstock cd's. Its been a while - world music and jazz fill my ears as much as classic rock these days. Music will take me to different places, but I'll always come back to Woodstock for a fun listen.
Happy 40th Woodstock Anniversary!!
Hey there. Not too long ago, I went on a quest that took me far past the Woodstock soundtrack and movie. It started off
with me receiving a copy of The Who's Woodstock show. It had the entire Abbie Hoffman
incident and was a soundboard copy of this historical show. Then one summer day in 2000, I
was sitting on the beach with friends when I realized that no one had tried to collect all
of Woodstock. To put whatever is out there back together and listen to it once again in the
order in which it took place!
If nothing else, collecting Woodstock exposed me to so much music that I otherwise would never
have heard. Bands that I listen to and collect because of this Woodstock quest include
Richie Havens (start off with his first cd, Mixed Bag), Sweetwater (Cycles will impress you), Arlo Guthrie
(he wrote Alice's Restaurant - listen to it!), Country Joe & The Fish
(hint: you can get a free autograph on his website!), John Sebastian (he did the Welcome Back,
Kotter song if you remember John Travolta from the 70's!), Santana, Janis Joplin,
Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and Jimi Hendrix.
I found many sources of information on the Internet but no one who'd put it all back together.
There's no way to know exactly how many songs were played at Woodstock, but most sources agree
on 210 songs (or 233 if you include the Blackstead Tapes). That works as a benchmark. I had the two cd Woodstock soundtrack and The Who's Woodstock
show to start with. Then came Jimi Hendrix Live At Woodstock, which has 14
of his 16 song set, and Ravi Shankar at Woodstock.
Some sets are easy to complete - CCR, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, The Who, Sly & The Family Stone
are all out there and when you find them, you find the complete Woodstock set of that band. Not
so for others! Santana played four songs at Woodstock. You need to buy two Santana official cds -
one of which is a double cd - to get Santana's complete Woodstock set. Luckily, both of those
cds kickass! Sha-Na-Na's nine songs are derived from four different sources. Arlo Guthrie played three
songs at Woodstock. The first two - Coming Into Los Angeles and Walking Down The Line - are on the
Woodstock box set. The third, Amazing Grace, is only available on video so it means copying
it from vhs to cd! And some sets, like that of Sweetwater, may be impossible to obtain. Only
one of Sweetwater's eight songs has been released. Sweetwater's set alone would add almost 4%
to any Woodstock collection!
In the summer of 2002, I hit 70%. I'll never forget the day I reassembled
Woodstock and listened to it as a homemade 14 cd box set. Was this the first time someone
had listened to the three days of Woodstock like this? I listened to it
a few times with friends over the next few weeks. Some days I'll wake up
and decide, let's listen to Woodstock Complete today and tomorrow. If your place is
full of 60's and 70's posters and memorabilia, its
not hard to do!
Do you believe it took
till 2002 for this to happen?