The 1969 Woodstock festival 50 years later
It took a lot of hard work and patience to document an iconic moment in time, but the final product was well worth it. Woodstock at 50, a short documentary produced by Command Voice Journalism, provided me a much better understanding of the times from those that were there.
Was Woodstock a voice of the hippie youth culture of the time? Anti-Vietnam War? Anti-establishment? Was it really the age of Aquarius? Or was it just another summer music festival enjoyed by one of the biggest turn outs in music history?
It was all this depending on who you talked to. Scott Smith of Johnstown went down to Woodstock just before entering the military for one last hurrah. Neil Carbone of Oneonta said Woodstock was about who they were as young people. Gary Siegel of Albany said there was a sense that they were making history.
No matter who you spoke with, Woodstock was memorable to them 50 years later. Many kept their original tickets. Others remembered the sights and sounds. Barbara Ferrara Adams remembered the hospitality she and her friends received as they walked miles down the car-choked roads to the festival grounds.
What was it like? Peace, baby, peace.
Woodstock at 50 will be shown at the Gloversville Public Library on Aug. 15, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Carnegie Room. Free and open to the public.