Back to the Garden

Fifty years ago today was the beginning of “an antiquarian exhibition: 3 days of peace & music”–better known to you and me as the Woodstock festival. I wasn’t there, but I feel like I’ve been soaking in it my whole life anyway.

I had the privilege of contributing to a special New York Times section commemorating the concert’s anniversary. If you have the newsprint version from Sunday, fish it out of the recycling pile and savor it–the design department did some extraordinary work. But if you just want a quick taste of what the show was like, check out my debunking of five popular Woodstock myths (featuring Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, and Charles Schulz) and my interview with the legendary photographer Burk Uzzle, who got trapped at the festival and ended up taking the concert’s most iconic picture (the one used on the cover of the soundtrack album to the documentary film, above). He told me, “It was hard, and it was fun, and it was extraordinary.”

posted 15 August 2019 in Articles and tagged , , . no comments yet

Leave a Reply

Keep up to date with new comments on this post via RSS.