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joann1108 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 14, 2008 at 2:25 PM via web

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Researching for Woodstock '69 book - need help

My name is Joanne Hague from the Woodstock - Preservation Archives (woodstockpreservation.org). My partner (Brad Littleproud) and I are presently researching and assembling a book for Krause Publishing (Goldmine Record Album Price Guide) to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair. With the 40th approaching - and probably the most significant of all the anniversary’s - we were hoping that there is someone out there who might consider contributing to this project.

We are in the process of telling the Woodstock story from the vantage point of the attendees. We are gathering personal photos and memories that chronicle the festival in a way that no other books on Woodstock have done thus far. Finding all of those never-before-seen instamatic and 35 mm photos from those in attendance has been a bit of 'needle in a haystack' treasure hunt, but we have been thrilled at what we have uncovered so far and it’s been amazing at how many folks, from artists, organizers, crew, attendees and residents, have offered their recollections. This book will be an accumulation of those memories, with 75-80 percent of them coming from those unaffiliated with the event, but simply attendees.

If there's anyone here who attended Woodstock in 1969 and would like to share their memories or pictures, please contact me at joann1108@aol.com for further info.

Thanks - Joanne

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 14, 2008 at 3:08 PM (Answer #2)

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What a wonderful project! I was only 9 in 1969, and my parents were as antihippie as they come. But I'll check with friends to see if they have anything to share. There have been several retrospectives in the past couple of years, but they've mostly been from the celebrities' point of view. How groovy to hear from the people!

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joann1108 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 14, 2008 at 3:51 PM (Answer #3)

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What a wonderful project! I was only 9 in 1969, and my parents were as antihippie as they come. But I'll check with friends to see if they have anything to share. There have been several retrospectives in the past couple of years, but they've mostly been from the celebrities' point of view. How groovy to hear from the people!

Thank you very much.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM (Answer #4)

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Have you heard of the commune called The Farm? It was founded by Steven Gaskin and a group of hippies in the early 1970s. They came to Tennessee and first camped near where I lived in Mt. Juliet. When they were run out of that campground, they moved on to a little town called Hohenwald, very near my grandparents' farm. They used to operate a vegetable stand on the highway. I haven't thought about them for years, but your request brought them to mind. I did a search and found out that they're still there! Here's their web address:

http://www.thefarm.org/index.html

I'd almost guarantee some of them were at Woodstock!

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 16, 2008 at 7:25 AM (Answer #5)

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I'll check with my parents and grandparents.  I'm pretty sure my mom and her sister were there...at least mom had plenty of pictures and leftover clothing in her closet from her "hippie" days of long hair, beads, and flowers.  I actually wore some of her stuff for Halloween when I was in high school!

Cool project...I look forward to seeing it in print!

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 2, 2011 at 5:56 AM (Answer #6)

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Woodstock was an intresting point in our nation's history. It captures our imagination for many reasons. People see it as foundational to music history, and the 60s counterculture. You can find plenty of books on the subject.

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