History Buzz August 17, 2009: Woodstock 1969 40th Anniversary Special




  • Woodstock: 40 years later: BABY BOOMERS won’t let go of the Woodstock Festival. Why should we? It’s one of the few defining events of the late 1960s that had a clear happy ending. On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people, me among them, gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), N.Y. We listened to some of the best rock musicians of the era, enjoyed other legal and illegal pleasures, endured rain and mud and exhaustion and hunger pangs, felt like a giant community and dispersed, all without catastrophe…. – NYT, 8-16-09
  • Woodstock Nation, Part 1: The Woodstock Music & Art Fair began 40 years ago this Friday afternoon 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…. – Projo.com, 8-14-09
  • Woodstock Nation, Part 2: The music went for 24 hours: BY THE TIME CARLOS Santana finished playing Soul Sacrifice Saturday afternoon at Woodstock, he was a major star. “Every band changed the vibes,” recalls Dena Quilici, one of the many there from southeastern New England. And the crowd came alive for Santana. The by-now broiling sun, the hunger and thirst and mud, the Army helicopters intermittently turning fire hoses on us full-force to cool us off – “all those troubles kind of went away once you just settled down and started listening to the music,” says Ty Davis…. – Projo.com, 8-14-09
  • Woodstock Nation, Part 3: We had pulled it off: Despite two days of uncomfortable conditions, peace and music are both holding out. Sunday is the acid test. The storm bore down on us, all hard rain and whipping wind, just after Joe Cocker ended the set that opened Woodstock, Day 3. “The ground was slippery red clay, and then it really looked like Baghdad,” remembers Dottie Clark, one of the many from southeastern New England who were there. “People selling the junk of the time were packing up, my friends were crying, and I was laughing. I thought it was funny. I said, ‘Someday you’ll see that this was something.’ ” Cocker had finished his set with what may have been the best live performance ever given: With a Little Help From My Friends…. – Projo.com, 8-14-09


    On This Day in History….This Week in History…. August 17-23, 2009

  • LIFE Classic: Woodstock: LIFE’s Best Photos Life Magazine, 8-09
  • Music and Memories – NYT, 8-16-09
  • Re-‘Taking Woodstock’ – the complete 1969 concert setlists and playlists, in order: The book, Taking Woodstock, by Elliot Tiber with Tom Monte, has been adapted to a film with the same name directed by Ang Lee, and the picture will be released on August 28, 2009. However, this upcoming weekend marks the actual 40th anniversary of the summer outdoor festival of “peace and music,” that changed popular culture in the United States and around the world from that moment on. The original concert took place starting Friday evening, August 15, and ran through Monday, August 18, 1969. Over 400,000 people showed up, nearly 1/2 million…. – Examiner, 8-12-09


  • Winfield Myers: Brandeis professor accuses Yale University Press of gag order Jytte Klausen The Cartoons that Shook the World? Campus Watch (8-14-09)
  • Helen Rappaport: Women historians ‘too timid’ to write about men – Telegraph.co.uk (8-13-09)



  • Alistair Horne: When Henry Was in Control: KISSINGER 1973, The Crucial Year WaPo, 8-16-09
  • Alistair Horne: KISSINGER 1973, The Crucial Year, Excerpt – WaPo, 8-16-09
  • Elie Wiesel: RELIGION On Solomon RASHI WaPo, 8-16-09
  • Kate Cambor: HISTORY The New Age GILDED YOUTH Three Lives in France’s Belle Epoque – WaPo, 8-16-09
  • Pete Fornatale, Michael Lang with Holly George-Warren: Three Days in August BACK TO THE GARDEN The Story of Woodstock, THE ROAD TO WOODSTOCK NYT, 8-9-09
  • Pete Fornatale: BACK TO THE GARDEN The Story of Woodstock, Excerpt – NYT, 8-9-09
  • Michael Lang with Holly George-Warren: THE ROAD TO WOODSTOCK, Excerpt – NYT, 8-9-09


  • Patrick Allit: Emory University Professor Tells Part of the History of “The Conservatives”: In his recently published sixth book, The Conservatives, Emory University professor Patrick Allitt undertakes his most comprehensive effort to date in writing the history of the modern conservative movement…. – The New American, 8-17-09
  • Adam Zerta “Stunning Ancient Find From the Holy Land”: Archaeologists from Israel’s University of Haifa, who were exploring in the Jordan Valley near Jericho, have made a stunning find: an artificial underground cave filled with various engravings, including markings of crosses. The cave, which is the largest in Israel, was originally a large quarry during the Roman and Byzantine era and really is one of a kind, according to archaeology professor Adam Zerta, who led the dig. Zerta thinks the cave, which is about one acre in size, was used as an early monastery. – Netscape, 8-09


  • Niall Ferguson: Not Only Do I Dislike the President’s Budget Policies, He’s Also Black!” – Matthew Yglesias at his blog (8-11-09)
  • Tracy Borman: BBC period show, The Tudors, is ‘historically inaccurate’, leading historian says: “Yes, the scriptwriters may have taken liberties with the facts, but they have also succeeded in re-creating the drama and atmosphere of Henry VIII’s court, with its intrigues, scandals and betrayals.” – Telegraph (UK) (8-10-09)




  • Inaugural Semester-long seminar on Constitutional History offered at N-Y Historical Society this fall: Lincoln’s Constitution will be taught at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The seminar will be held on September 17 and 24 and on October 1, 15, 22, and 29, 2009. NYHS Press Release (7-20-09)


  • BBC to launch new series on history of Christianity – Religious Intelligence, 6-19-09
  • C-SPAN2: BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS History Detectives: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: “Woodstock: Now & Then” – Monday, August 17, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “God vs. Satan” – Wednesday, August 18, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “First Apocalypse” – Thurdsay, August 20, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “More Extreme Marksmen” – Friday, August 21, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT


    NYT Non-Fiction Best Sellers List – August 23, 2009

  • #1 – Michelle Malkin: CULTURE OF CORRUPTION
  • #9 – Douglas Brinkley: THE WILDERNESS WARRIOR
  • #10 – J. Randy Taraborrelli: MICHAEL JACKSON (THE MAGIC, THE MADNESS, THE WHOLE STORY, 1958-2009)
  • #13 – C. David Heymann: BOBBY AND JACKIE
  • #21 – Doug Stanton: HORSE SOLDIERS


  • Gil Troy: Reagan Revolution : A Very Short Introduction, August 2009
  • William A. DeGregorio: The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents, Seventh Edition, August 15, 2009
  • Brooks D. Simpson: The Reconstruction Presidents (Paperback), August 18, 2009
  • Richard C. Hoagland: Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA (Revised), September 1, 2009
  • Douglas Hunter: Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage That Redrew the Map of the New World, September 1, 2009
  • Noah Andre Trudeau: Robert E. Lee: Lessons in Leadership, September 1, 2009
  • Annette Gordon-Reed: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (Paperback), September 8, 2009
  • Jon Krakauer: Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, September 15, 2009
  • Dean C. Jessee (Editor): The Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations, Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books, September 2009
  • James Patterson: The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King – A Nonfiction Thriller, September 28, 2009
  • Timothy Egan: The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, October 19, 2009
  • Gil Troy, Vincent J. Cannato, eds.: Living in the Eighties, October 23, 2009
  • L. Fletcher Prouty: JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy, (Paperback), November 1, 2009
  • Edward Kritzler: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom–and Revenge, (Paperback), November 3, 2009
  • Anthony Haden-guest: Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night (Paperback), December 8, 2009


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