Instead of focusing on the performers and their recollections, authors Brad Littleproud and Joanne Hague chose to tell the story of Woodstock as told by the people who were in the crowd or stuck on the road going to Woodstock — though commentary from acts like Ten Years After, Richie Havens, Santana and others is offered, as well. And that’s what sets its apart from the rest.
Saturday morning dawned soggy and gray, and Michael Launder, 17, from Albion, New York, and his friend, Billy, hitched a ride on the trunk of a car covered in people. “There were about eight guys inside and another five or six sitting on the hood and trunk, so we just jumped on,” says Launder. “When we finally reached the festival, it was very surprising to see the state troopers with their ‘Smokey’ hats off, hanging with the rest of us.”
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The year was 1968, and artist Dr. Bob Hieronimus was commissioned to paint a mural at Johns Hopkins University. That summer, though, he got a better offer. Bob Grimm, who sang with the group Light, approached Hieronimus about another painting project — namely, Grimm asked him to “turn his tour bus into a ‘magic bus.’”
“We’re going camping!” That’s what Tommy Hayes, 16, of Saddle Brook, New Jersey, told his parents, but he didn’t tell them exactly where because he wasn’t sure if they would have approved. He hitched a ride with some older friends, and his Woodstock adventure had begun.
This exclusive excerpt from the new book "Woodstock: Peace, Music & Memories" (Krause Publications) chronicles the origins of this landmark event.
Possessing one of the iconic voices of the ’60s folk world, Richie Havens held Woodstock spellbound with his soulful humanity as the festival’s first — however reluctant — performer.
Arnold Skolnick’s original 1969 Woodstock poster is the spotlight at an exhibit at Boston’s International Poster Gallery.