Julian is interviewed on the SilverstoneLIVE program, by Producer & Raconteur Extraordinaire Phillip Silverstone.
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The Woodstock Episodes
Part 1 IS LIVE!
We are extremely excited to announce that our new podcast "talkin' 'bout Our Generation," has gone live … finally.
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“The New York State Thruway is closed, man!”
The frenzy rolled on right through the Festival itself. The crowd was ten times what they anticipated, half a million made it into the site at Max Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel, New York. Between one and two a million more disappointed fans were stuck in that historic traffic jam … (including our host, who was then a 15-year-old hippie himself). Musicians and medical support had to be flown in on helicopters. Disaster could have struck at any moment, and almost did when the open amphitheater was hit by a severe thunderstorm, the light towers swayed over the crowd, and electrical cables sizzled on the rain-soaked stage.
They not only got through it, but seemed to grow stronger.
Our guests talk about “the Woodstock Spirit” that made the event so much more than a mammoth, muddy concert. There was an amazing magical energy that enveloped the producers, the crew, the performers and especially the audience.
Today, a three-day gathering of half a million young people, many on acid and most smoking grass, would be a very dangerous proposition. But in 1969 at Woodstock, there was not one act of violence, no arrests. Our guests tell of a blanket of sharing, caring and love that enveloped the scene. Money was not the sole objective. It was something bigger.
The sponsors pulled out all the stops, making sure the crowd was fed, protected and very well cared for. The backers lost a fortune, with a smile. It took them nearly a decade to break even, and then only from the breakthrough documentary, “Woodstock, The Movie,” which is how most of us learned what it was all about. We’ll hear about that from one of the producers, who gives an emotional telling of the deep sense of duty the filmmakers felt, to tell the truth of that extraordinary event.
It is said that Woodstock defined our generation. We can be proud of that. That Woodstock Spirit — which seems to have eluded us in recent times — certainly worth celebrating, which is why we chose this moment to launch our podcast/conversation, “talking’ ‘bout Our Generation,” on the 50th Anniversary of the Festival.
There are lessons to be learned. What was that Woodstock magic that infused our youth? Where did it go? Can we bring it back, when we need it now more than ever?
We hope you enjoy listening! We invite you to share your impressions and comments; visit our SHARE page tp learn how to add your voice to the conversation.
Thanks for listening!
A sneak preview of Henry Diltz being interviewed by Host Julian G. Simmons, as he describes the climactic moment when Jimi Hendrix stunned the crowd with his rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.
Henry Diltz, An Exceptional Teller of Tales
Imagery and video, from the original Woodstock Movie, used by permission and/or under Fair Use standards. The "talkin' 'bout Our Generation podcast will be audio only.