Thursday , June 13 2024

Woodstock 33rd

Fellow Blogcritic Sheila Lennon metaphorically went back to Woodstock for today’s 33rd anniversary:

    August 15, 2002 — The Woodstock Music & Art Fair began 33 years ago today at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y. I had seen an advertisement in the July 27, 1969 Sunday New York Times Arts section, and ordered tickets — $18 for all three days, Aug. 15, 16 & 17, 1969.

    Twenty years later, I was lifestyles editor of The Providence Journal, and the task of doing the 20th anniversay package fell to me by default, since I’d been there. I interviewed 50 other Rhode Islanders who were also there, and published a 3-day series on the concert.

    ….1989, Bethel N.Y.: The paper sent me back to Woodstock for the 20th anniversary, but not much was going on. Nevertheless, I hitchhiked out Saturday night to file for Sunday’s page one from a pay phone in a bar. It was next to a blaring jukebox, I was using acoustic couplers (“rubber duckies”) and the low-battery light on the Radio Shack laptop was flashing. Amazingly, it worked. Over the course of the next week, I saw wire stories suggesting the real action in Bethel was still building. On a hunch, I drove back to Bethel the following weekend, and filed two more stories.

All kinds of good stuff – she’s looking for your memories as well. I remember the freaking traffic driving, purely coincidentally, along the nearest highway to the 25th anniversary show in 1994, on the way back to Cleveland from Boston. I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on until I heard it on the radio – my mind was elsewhere. I caught a back road and snuck around the mess, only slightly tempted to partake of the mud and the blood and the madness. Maybe I’ll make the next one, and maybe university-educated monkeys will hang-glide out of all our asses.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted,, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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