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 >cable 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 saturaday. woodstock.14.9: David Gans (tnf) Fri 12 Aug 94 10:15 Uh-huh. 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 come. 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 movie!! 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 control. 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 cool. woodstock.14.25: David Gans (tnf) Sat 13 Aug 94 08:46 HEY, IF WE THINK REAL HARD, MAYBE WE CAN GET 'EM TO SHOW THE MOVIE AGAIN! woodstock.14.26: Alan Turner (arturner) Sat 13 Aug 94 10:09 MO-VIE! MO-VIE! MO-VIE! MO-VIE! 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 was.... 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 sigh!! 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!
See the main Woodstock project page for more
of the backstory.
See the main Woodstock project page for more of the backstory.
Italic footnote comments made February 2001.
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