The Atlantic – HBO’s Woodstock ’99 Documentary Is a Dark Warning

Just as concerts return, a new film reveals the cynicism and cultural rot that led to one of the most notorious shows ever. By Spencer Kornhaber We’re halfway through the first summer of full-capacity crowds at American arenas and nightclubs after pandemic-induced hibernation. Have you attended a glorious, mythmaking concert to mark the occasion?  Perhaps Foo Fighters reopening Madison Square Garden gave you chills, or maybe you air-tromboned to the band Chicago at New Jersey’s first big comeback show (NJ.com’s review: “Enjoyment came in many forms Thursday night”). Or perhaps you’ve had a less lovely live-music experience. One recent viral news story described impalement and alleged strangulation at a rave in Kentucky. Another, from this past weekend, featured someone throwing a shoe at DaBaby. When IRead more »

The Washington Post – Listening to her older records, Joan Baez hears perfection in an ‘unsurpassable’ voice

The Kennedy Center honoree redefined folk music and showed up wherever her songs and courage were needed. Imagine a young woman, free of makeup, a curtain of black hair, barefoot even in the Massachusetts winter, burnishing 200-year-old ballads in a crammed Cambridge coffeehouse, picking like an old hand at her acoustic guitar. At the launch of the 1960s, this was radical, inverting music on its shiny, hair-sprayed head. Joan Baez landed on Time magazine’s cover, lauded as the Queen of Folk. All at the august age of 21. Her searing soprano with its trademark vibrato exhausted superlatives. It was declared incomparable yet compared to everything: old gold, the clear autumn air. It was deemed a line straight to God —Read more »

Noise11 – Melanie Safka ‘Candles In The Rain’ Gets A 50th Anniversary Update

Melanie’s classic ‘Candles In The Rain’ has been remastered and will be reissued in November to mark its 50th anniversary. Like all things Covid related, the anniversary actually happened in April 2020. Philip Israel’s Possum Records will reissue the album for Australia and New Zealand on 14 November. ‘Lay Down’ by Melanie was a no 2 hit in Australia and no 4 in the USA in 1970. Melanie was also known for her cover of The Rolling Stones ‘Ruby Tuesday’ off the album. Melanie ‘Candles In The Rain’ tracklisting: All songs written by Melanie Safka except where noted. 1. “Candles in the Rain” 1:422. “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” (accompanied by the Edwin Hawkins Singers) 3:493. “Carolina in MyRead more »

ABC7 News- New San Francisco mural shows how Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia would look in masks

Two murals have been painted in the Haight-Ashbury District depicting Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia wearing masks in San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Although mandatory mask-wearing was not a thing during San Francisco’s Summer of Love, we now know what 60’s rock icons Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia might have looked like in masks. Their likenesses are being used to spread the word about how important wearing a mask is to beat COVID-19. The Moving the Lives of Kids Arts Center (MLK Mural) sponsored these works in the Haight-Ashbury District. “We haven’t gone, we haven’t beat it yet. The vaccine is out. We’re almost there. But we have to keep social distancing. We have to keep wearing our mask.Read more »

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Three of the original founders John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Michael Lang and their families formed Woodstock Ventures to create events and develop projects which are consistent with Woodstock's values. Woodstock Ventures supports causes and organization we believe in. To submit your organization for consideration please contact us.

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