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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Over this past weekend, the 40th anniversary celebration of Woodstock was held at the original grounds of Max Yasgur’s farm. Except these days, it’s called the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

These two prove that the spirit of the 60s never died. Photo from nytimes.com.

These two prove that the spirit of the 60s never died. Photo from nytimes.com.

Instead of Max, his son Sam Yasgur was there to make an announcement to all the old hippies and younger peace-lovers. He was very happy to be able to see such a reunion take place.

The concert went on long into the night, lasting for a total of about eight hours. Also, many of the performers grouped together to sing not as separate groups, but as many talents in one.

Apparently, a wedding even took place on stage last weekend. Lead singer Leslie West of the group Mountain was married to his bride Jenni Maurer. The two were wed underneath electric guitars that were held up above them.

View a slideshow of pictures from the reunion concert, courtesy of the New York Times.

A cool thing about the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is the they have now opened a Museum dedicated to the spirit of the sixties and Woodstock. It houses exhibits, a theater, several galleries, a shop, cafe, outdoor theater, and classrooms for workshops. Find out more about it at the Museum website.

If you want to read a great review of the concert, visit the New York Times.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

I believe I’ve already posted three separate blog pieces about Woodstock, but hey, can you blame me? The fest was awesome and we’re celebrating its 40th birthday this weekend.

Probably one of the most famous posters of all time. Photo from solarnavigator.net.

Probably one of the most famous posters of all time. Photo from solarnavigator.net.

In yet another attempt to pay tribute to the great all-mighty 1969 Woodstockers, Sirius satellite radio has begun an epic task — playing just about every show from the entire three day concert.

One of the classic rock channels, called Deep Tracks, has been taken over by Woodstock performers this weekend! (They even renamed it the Woodstock Channel just for this special programming event.) The celebration of music and arts started on Friday and will end today (Sunday).

Not only will the Woodstock Channel be playing music, but it will also be showcasing interviews with performers about their experiences playing on Yasgur’s Farm, and will also be discussing the new movie about the festival, Taking Woodstock.

Just sitting here this morning watching the Woodstock movie has brought fond feelings to this weekend. That is my own tribute. It was truly a time of happiness and carefree lives. Hopefully the folks attending this weekend’s 40th reunion concert will be able to recreate some of those good natured feelings. I’m sure they will.

Which reminds me, if any of you original Woodstockers have any memories or experiences you’d like to share from the 1969 concert, please share them with me! I’d love to hear about them.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

It’s no surprise that many people, businesses, and artists have been paying homage to Woodstock, the 1969 hippie fest where peace and love ruled all this summer. After all it did happen 40 years ago this month.

The very groovy poster for 'Taking Woodstock.' Photo from wildaboutmovies.com.

The very groovy poster for 'Taking Woodstock.' Photo from wildaboutmovies.com.

I have seen Woodstock clothes in warehouse and other retail stores. There have been re-releases of the original Woodstock dvd. I even saw some Woodstock pint glasses at Target. Some people have deemed this the ‘Summer of Love’ yet again.

But this seems to be even greater — Ang Lee, director of Brokeback Mountain and Chosen, has created an onscreen homage to the famous festival in his movie Taking Woodstock.

See the complete trailer for Taking Woodstock by clicking this YouTube.com link.

The movie is based on the true story behind the creation of the three day shindig. It starts at the choosing of Yasgur’s farm and ends with the culmination of events from the entire experience. It details locals reactions, kids coming into the music festival, and the general goings-on of the festival creators themselves throughout the whole concert.

Fortunately, the movie will come out soon. August 28 to be exact. That’s only about a week after the real 40th anniversary date of Woodstock. Not bad timing.

I don’t know about you, but I’m very excited for this flick to premiere. Woodstock, as a topic by itself, is so intriguing. It’s history, culture, and music all wrapped up into one little three day jaunt. Until then, peace and love. 🙂

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