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    So, today Aug. 15 is the 50th. anniversary of the first day of Woodstock in 1969. I believe I made a similar post 10 years ago for the 40th. anniversary, so we'll see if 10 years later we get any hits. By the way, there is a mandolin connection, as the Incredible String Band played a mandolin at Woodstock. My question is: Is there anybody on this website that was actually at Woodstock? I myself was at boot camp for the US Coast Guard in Cape May N.J. and read about the festival in the Philidelphia newspaper. Anybody else?
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    Well, I was about to start a semester including 3 chemistry courses, calculus, physics, and German. I probably should have been in NY with something to smoke to help prepare for what was coming.
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    My contribution to the cause.

    I was on the other side of the country.
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    My uncle was and is still very involved in Woodstock stuff. He was trying to revive a 50th anniversary at Bethel Woods but I believe that fell through for a few reasons.

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    I would think Levon might have played some mandolin during The Band's set, but I've never heard it.



    (I was in Madison WI at the time, and only 4 years old :-)

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    I was ten years old. I begged my parents, but they wouldn't let me go.
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    They released a CD set of all 36 hours. I was really excited to buy it but they apparently limited it to 150 sets or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliot Luber View Post
    I was ten years old. I begged my parents, but they wouldn't let me go.
    I know how you feel.......when my 12th birthday was approaching, someone advertised in our local paper, a 1957 Chevy for sale for $50........I begged and begged, pushing the angle of a father/son project.....unfortunately my begging fell upon deaf ears.....didn't get the car....so, instead of being the coolest kid in high school.............

    But, that was a long time ago, I rarely think about it more than once a week these days.........

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    I wasn't at Woodstock-- I was too young and was on the other coast at the time.

    I was at Watkins Glen, though, but I don't remember much. It is probable that most of the other folks who were there don't remember much either . . .

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    So, I know of people who went and people who wanted to go but couldn't (I was 15 myself at the time and frankly not into contemporary music), but the best story I have is a former editor (and now coworker) of mine -- we're the same age -- who drove about 90 percent of the way up, got bogged down in traffic something like 10 miles from the site, decided it wasn't worth it, turned around and went home.
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    Well, you just jogged a memory. On the way out of Watkins Glen, there were perhaps 100,000 cars on the road and they weren't moving. So I started walking. After I'd made a few miles, some locals spotted some of the walkers, and took a bunch of us to Highway 17 [now I-86] on the back roads in a VW bus. Then we stuck out our thumbs . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    Well, you just jogged a memory. On the way out of Watkins Glen, there were perhaps 100,000 cars on the road and they weren't moving. So I started walking. After I'd made a few miles, some locals spotted some of the walkers, and took a bunch of us to Highway 17 [now I-86] on the back roads in a VW bus. Then we stuck out our thumbs . . .
    I did the same at the Phish Coventry show in 2004 (the first of their "last" shows). Pouring rain that day, traffic on the highway was a dead stop for 12 hours. Finally parked at a rest stop on the highway, walked the rest of the highway in, hitched a ride with locals, and walked the rest of the way in. Pretty hysterical IMO.

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    My friends and I arrived about 10:00 am Friday and left Monday while Jimi was playing.I was 16 years old.We lived 50 miles north of Manhattan and spent a lot of time at the Fillmore.I played bass then and later switched to guitar.Bought my first mandolin in 1995.
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    No Woodstock, but my summer camp bunk won the clean bunk award and the prize was a show at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. The line-up was The Who, Jefferson Airplane and B.B. King. This was a couple of weeks before Woodstock. As I recall (barely), The Who played most of Tommy.

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    Well, no for me... mostly because it was nearly a decade before I was born.

    HOWEVER:... my father in-law (having an extensive career in theater and stage in the 60's, as well as a long period living in the heart of the Haight-Ashbury district in its hay-day) ran sound and lighting at Woodstock. Needless to say, he has some interesting stories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief View Post
    Is there anybody on this website that was actually at Woodstock?
    Guilty as charged.
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    Assuming this is true.
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    I missed Woodstock but played in a blues band at the Atlanta Pop Festival in Byron, GA that Summer.It was said the Atlanta festival had 400,000 attendees.

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    I wasn’t able to attend, but I did see the movie and bought the album, which I still have.

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    A former band mate of mine attempted to go to Woodstock, but got stuck in halted traffic for several hours before he and his friends decided to turn around and find the nearest bar.

    He missed that historic occasion - but he was in New Haven the night that Jim Morrison got arrested on stage . . .

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    I was 16 years old, but as a kid growing up in South Florida, upstate NY seemed like a different planet at the time. I was starting to play drums in local garage bands, so still part of the "scene", if only at a distance.

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    I once owned a ratty mandolin case they said went to woodstock. It looked like it too. I discarded it.

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    I was still in grade school—out of the question.

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    I was fortunate enough to have attended.

    I had turned 18 in May, and the festival was in August.

    I lived - and still live - on Long Island, NY, so it was only about a 2 1/2 hour drive.

    Being young and naive, with not a lot of radio stations, I had no idea how many people would be there.

    I got to hear incredible musicians all at the same place.

    Years later, I became friends with some of the performers. The experience they had was WAY different than what the rest of the attendees experienced. However, they all recognized the uniqueness of the event - the music and sense of unity was palpable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randi Gormley View Post
    ......... but the best story I have is a former editor (and now coworker) of mine -- we're the same age -- who drove about 90 percent of the way up, got bogged down in traffic something like 10 miles from the site, decided it wasn't worth it, turned around and went home.
    A former boss had a similar story. They left Ohio for Woodstock, got halfway there, found out Dylan wasn't playing and turned around and came back home. For years he had his unused tickets framed on display at his music store.

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