Woodstock: The Movie

woodstock.14: Woodstock: The Movie

woodstock.14.0: David Gans (tnf)  Wed 10 Aug 94 23:58

 The movie was as close as I got to Woodstock.  The movie got me plenty
 close.  It certainly deserves a topic!

woodstock.14.1: David Gans (tnf)  Thu 11 Aug 94 00:16

 I'm looking forward to seeing it again, especially this "director's cut"
 that's showing in the theaters now.
 That movie had a powerful impact on my life.  The musical performances first
 and foremost, of course, but other things, too - "We're scared shitless,"
 said Stephen Stills.  "Mmmm, bummah, bummah," said someone on the stage.
 "Exhibit A," said Jerry Garcia.  "Porta-San," said the man with one son at
 the festival and one son in the DMZ.  "There's about three hundred thousand
 of you fuckers out there," urged Country Joe.  The brown acid is "not
 specifically too good," right?  The kundalini yoga guy.  "What we have in
 mind is breakfast in bed for three hundred thousand!"  "A shitty mess," said
 the irascible local.  Lots of little moments.
 _Woodstock_ was definitive, to me.  My idealized picture of the acid culture
 (the thing that was displaced by the drug culture, the thing that mutated
 into arena rock) came from that movie.

woodstock.14.2: otis (nycjag)  Thu 11 Aug 94 05:54

 The movie did seem to do a magical job of capturing what was happening. From
 all the eyewitness reports I have read. For a 25-year-old, it really works
 wonders for the imagination and spirit

woodstock.14.3: we (justride)  Thu 11 Aug 94 11:23

 Going to be on Channel 13 in the NY area tomorrow night.

woodstock.14.4: on the other side of the sun (miga)  Thu 11 Aug 94 14:03

 Oh yeah?  What time?  I wonder if we can pick it up in Saugerties.  :)

woodstock.14.5: we (justride)  Thu 11 Aug 94 14:18

 9:00, I think. And I'd bet that you could, if there's a house nearby
 with cable. :^)

woodstock.14.6: Mike Spencer (renser)  Thu 11 Aug 94 16:57

  I know that The Band and the Grateful Dead did not make either release
  of the Woodstock Movie, but does anyone know if this footage will
  be shown on SHOWTIME next week, as they are supposedly going to
  be playing unreleased woodstock footage?

woodstock.14.7: on the other side of the sun (miga)  Thu 11 Aug 94 18:46

 oh well!  I heard from one local that they think the fences are gonna fall
 because it would look good for the movie they're making this time!

woodstock.14.8: yo dude (wstock1)  Fri 12 Aug 94 09:25

 i think that the rolling stones are going to make a suprise visisit on

woodstock.14.9: David Gans (tnf)  Fri 12 Aug 94 10:15


woodstock.14.10: The Next Generation (mglito)  Fri 12 Aug 94 11:20


woodstock.14.11: otis (nycjag)  Fri 12 Aug 94 11:50

 if the stones were goin, it would have been announced to sell the rest of
 the tickets...

woodstock.14.12: The Next Generation (mglito)  Fri 12 Aug 94 12:20

 And hire on extra securtiy 

woodstock.14.13: Catphish John (catphish)  Fri 12 Aug 94 12:42

 ...and Hell's Angels!

woodstock.14.14: Steve Rhodes (srhodes)  Fri 12 Aug 94 13:34

 I first saw the movie at the Indianapolis Public Library my senior year of
 high school with my deadhead friend, her punk boyfriend, my punk friend and
 her deadhead boyfriend.  Despite the bad sound it was a great experience.
 The times I have seen it since on local PBS affilitates haven't been the
 same.  Perhaps being PBS fund break fodder was an indication of things to

woodstock.14.15: Jeremy Kashnow (kash)  Fri 12 Aug 94 13:34

 the Dead would have to be caught in the middle as well!

woodstock.14.16: Jeremy Kashnow (kash)  Fri 12 Aug 94 13:35

 srhodes slipped in.

woodstock.14.17: perfection is the scourge of psychological health (paris)  Fri 12 Aug 94 13:53

 my nine-year-old son and i are going to watch the movie this weekend.  he
 wants to know about woodstock, and i figure that's as good a way to
 fill him in as any.
 then i need to figure out how to answer his questions when he wants to
 know just how much i participated in all of the activity that is shown.  

woodstock.14.18: Steve Rhodes (srhodes)  Fri 12 Aug 94 14:03

 The movie will be on KQED in San Francisco tonight complete with pledge
 breaks.  Luckily, I will be out at the Gex conf birthday party.
 It was fun to watch the director of the film tear into one of the Woodstock
 organizers for Pepsi sponsorship on Charlie Rose.

woodstock.14.19: gimme an "F"! (reva)  Fri 12 Aug 94 14:31

 What, Lib; you mean you're not going up there for the weekend?

woodstock.14.20: Alan Feldstein (fiddle)  Fri 12 Aug 94 17:51

 One of three or four times I saw the movie in the theatre was in Berkeley in
 the summer of 71..the part where Bill Graham talks about crowd management,
 etc. the patrons started booing and throwing stuff, Bill being the
 capitalist pig and all..the screen was so messed up they had to stop the

woodstock.14.21: infinity's child (dtv)  Fri 12 Aug 94 21:38

 It's on KQED Channel 9 in San Francisco right now!
 My favorite line was from Wavy Gravy:
 	"There's a little piece of heaven in every disaster area."
 or something like that.

woodstock.14.22: David Dalto (dd)  Fri 12 Aug 94 23:44

 Also on KQED, they silenced the word "fucker" from Country Joe saying 
 "There are 300,ooo of you fuckers out there", but left it on the subtitles.

woodstock.14.23: Steve Rhodes (srhodes)  Sat 13 Aug 94 06:21

 Well, I guess they figured that if they were old enough to read it couldn't
 hurt em.  Actually, they probably didn't want to spend the money to alter
 the subtitles.  It is a bit strange though since they did bleep the fucks in
 Tongues Untied or a number of other docs.  Maybe it was because of pledge.

woodstock.14.24: Max Yasgur's Ghost (axon)  Sat 13 Aug 94 08:36

 my woodstock experience *was* the movie.  i was 17 or so when the
 movie came out.  i was living in a small, midwestern college town,
 columbia, mo.  there was a growing (and largely out of control) freak
 community developing on the campus, particularly in the east camus
 housing ghetto of cheap apartments.  
 anyway, opening night of the movie was a huge social event.  we
 basically took over the uptown theater on broadway.  *everybody* was
 seriously laced on psychedelics, an no one was over 25.  my partner
 and i had a bag of 100 hits of psilocibin that we were distributing,
 but most folks were already dosed.  pot smoke was thick in the
 theater, and the manager locked the doors after the movie started.
 by intermission we had two serious acid freakouts going on the loungs
 by the bathrooms downstairs.  med teams came in from the univeristy
 hospital to tresat them, and suddenly we had a "med tent" in our
 midst.  the manager got a citation for locking the doors, but the cops
 just hung out making sure nobody got hurt.  we were totally out of
 i remember sitting next to one guy who sort of lost it duting the
 who's set, screaming "rogggeeeeeerrrr!" and tearing his hair and his
 eyes rollng back in his head.  sort of scary, but also sort of, well

woodstock.14.25: David Gans (tnf)  Sat 13 Aug 94 08:46


woodstock.14.26: Alan Turner (arturner)  Sat 13 Aug 94 10:09


woodstock.14.27: cerise (wstock3)  Sat 13 Aug 94 16:37

 I first saw the movie about 3 years ago and it has stayed with me
 ever since.  I'm always looking for a friend who hasn't seen it for
 an excuse to rent it again.
 The shared adversity high that came through in the film was what
 really hit me.
 Wavy Gravy's colorful commentary and humor are keeping things light
 here yet again.  As I look out from the WELL tent here the scene looks
 like it has been lifted from the movie; muddy smiling faced people
 wandering about, all obviously feeling a pretty good groove.
 Can't wait to see the director's cut which has been mentioned here.

woodstock.14.28: perfection is the scourge of psychological health (paris)  Sat 13 Aug 94 18:59

 just watched santana on "the movie"..  forgot how incredible their drummer

woodstock.14.29: viewer (wstock3)  Sat 13 Aug 94 19:08

 woodstock is a jolly place

woodstock.14.30: Kevin Michael Rardin (kev)  Sun 14 Aug 94 00:56

 The "Directors' Cut" version is really a massive improvement over the
 original, believe it. They did a great job of doing the widescreen bit.
 Plus they remixed the sound for surround-sound and even on a "standard" hi-
 fi vcr setup it sounds most excellent. Hope they do as good a job with '94.

woodstock.14.31: We must be in HEAVEN, man! (tnf)  Sun 14 Aug 94 09:25

 The director's cut is already out on home video?

woodstock.14.32: Franklin J. Flocks (fjf)  Sun 14 Aug 94 13:24

 The Widescreen letter box version has been out for quite some time. A couple
 years ago (approximately), at tape about 40 minutes long of Woodstock
 outtakes was released.  Was it added into the original tape (which is
 almost exactly 3 hrs long) to make the director's cut? - Or was something
 else added?

woodstock.14.33: perfection is the scourge of psychological health (paris)  Sun 14 Aug 94 16:17

 i put the tape in the vcr, sat down with my nine-year-old (who had been
 dying tosee the movie, he said) and after five minutes, he wanted to switch
 to "america's funniest home videos."
 what have i *done*??

woodstock.14.34: Kevin Michael Rardin (kev)  Sun 14 Aug 94 17:19

 The Directors Cut version of Woodstock came out on home video this past week
 (on Tuesday). They added 30 minutes of performance (Jefferson Airplane,
 Janis Joplin, mo' Jimi and others) plus about 10 minutes of extra
 interview/scenery footage. It is the same as the one still showing at the
 Vogue in SF. It's $24.95 at Tower and well worth it.

woodstock.14.35: It's 123 and I don't give a damn, next stop... fall tour (hightime)  Sun 14 Aug 94 22:45

 Too bad they didn't include the Grateful Dead footage :-(
 Too bad they played so poorly!

woodstock.14.36: we (justride)  Mon 15 Aug 94 08:41

 Have to laugh every time I see that guy going for that can
 of Schaffer near the beginning of the movie. Taped it in stereo
 for the first time Friday night; will dub to audio this week,
 and will be playing it at full volume two houses from the beach
 on Fire Island this weekend, no doubt.
 The movie was one of those midnight shows that they used to run
 at the Meadows Theater in Queens; probably had stopped doing that
 by the end of the 70's.

woodstock.14.37: Merrill Peterson (merrill)  Mon 15 Aug 94 09:41

 I loved the Dead's set of '69 and can't understand why they won't let it be
 released. Hey, they played it, it's history. Let it go!

woodstock.14.38: Sleep in the Stars (btwind)  Mon 15 Aug 94 17:29

  I like the guy w/ the sheep in the movie, and the guy w/ the pipi
  coming out of the portasan!

Italic footnote comments made February 2001.

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