View from the stage, Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Bethel, NY, 1969
Beck Rocchi & James Watkins over at T-Squat ran an extensive interview in their culture blog. Here’s a short excerpt:
T: Woodstock 1969 is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most pivotal moments in popular music history. Who or what blew you away over these three days?
B: What made Woodstock so unique for me wasn’t the music, although the line-up was extraordinary. Rather it was the gathering of so many people in one place, at one moment in time, for the sole purpose of enjoying themselves and one another. If you look at the pictures I took you will see I concentrated on the people not the performers. There is one photo I shot standing pretty much in the middle of that enormous Woodstock stage, using the widest-angle lens I had at the time (24mm, I think) where I tried to capture the enormity of the crowd. Even that lens didn’t include everybody. I mean, think about it. Here was a disaster waiting to happen – rain, mud, humidity, not enough food, insufficient sanitary facilities – and nothing untoward happened, no violence, no anger. That single concert fulfilled the “hippie promise” of peace, love and music…
Lighting scaffold, Woodstock Music & Art Fair, Bethel, NY, 1969