Celebrate Woodstock's 40th anniversary
Thu Aug 13 2009
Photograph: Henry Diltz
The 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair is almost upon us—the enormous rock festival took place August 15--17, 1969—and there are no shortage of ways to mark the occasion. Tonight, Morrison Hotel Gallery (313 Bowery between E 2nd and 3rd Sts; 212-677-2253, morrisonhotelgallery.com; 5--10pm) hosts an opening-night party for a new exhibit featuring photographs by official Woodstock photographer Henry Diltz, as well as other shutterbugs. The photos on view include Diltz's iconic shot of Jimi Hendrix (pictured) as he played the fest's final set. The rock photographer recently spoke with TONY and reminisced, "It was just electrifying when Hendrix took the stage and played 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' with all the sound effects, and his solo slicing through the air and echoing off the surrounding hills. It was just a riveting moment." Diltz and Woodstock organizer Michael Lang will be in attendance and will sign copies of the new 600-page tome The Woodstock Experience, featuring contributions from both.
Not enough Woodstock for you? Then tune in to WFUV-FM 90.7, beginning Friday, August 14 ,at 2pm—the station will premiere a new special, "Woodstock 40 Years On," featuring exclusive interviews with'60s rockers (and Woodstock performers) like Grace Slick, Richie Havens and Arlo Guthrie. FUV DJ Pete Fornatale will also chat about his new book, Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock at 4:45pm. And Ang Lee's new film, Taking Woodstock, starring Demetri Martin and Liev Schreiber (and based on the book by Elliot Tiber), is in theaters August 28.
Still not enough? Okay, you crazy hippie. We also found a bunch of ways to experience '60s culture in NYC—including a performance by a Beatles cover band, and vintage stores with tons of '60s duds. Far out, man.