"We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden"
"Woodstock" ©1969, 1997 Joni Mitchell, published by Crazy Crow
It is difficult to believe that over 45 years have passed
siince the largest outdoor concert. Who thought a 3-day concert would result in an event of this
magnitude that rattled the world and would be an event that played a large part in our cultural and
What ever happen to the farm where the concert was held and to the
owner who provided it?
On the site of what used to be Max Yasgur's dairy farm (actually,
Yasgur died in 1973, just four years after the event that put his name in the history books) the Bethel Woods
Center for the Arts opened in 2006. It quickly became a major concert venue. Concerts in the summer of 2009 include
Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Doobie Brothers, Bad Company, and, on August 15, Heroes
of Woodstock, including Levon Helm (ex-The Band), Jefferson Starship, Ten Years After, Canned Heat, Big Brother and
the Holding Company, Mountain, Tom Constanten (ex-Grateful Dead) and "Country Joe" McDonald -- all performers at
the original Woodstock festival 40 years ago.
Celebrations across the U.S. is happening on this 40th
In 2008, the Museum at Bethel Woods opened, at the same site as
the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. This co-attraction at the site of the original festival is devoted to
interactive displays recalling Woodstock and explaining its place in our cultural and musical history.
You can visit my page on Woodstock by clicking here. It
will open in a new window so it will not interfere with listening to this music.