The 25th anniversary of Woodstock…it seems like we just celebrated the 20th anniversary. It seems so recent that, in fact, it would have been repetitious to lay it all on you again. This time, we present a couple of recollections with some historic revelations and chronicles of Woodstock ’69, plus current news on Woodstock ’94. We’ve also included stories on some of the acts that were there—Carlos Santana made his triumphant debut in front of a crowd that was half-a-million strong and Janis Joplin brought along her Kosmic Blues Band. For more intimate recollections, poems, comics, artwork, interviews and stories, Relix Vol. 16 #4, our Woodstock 20th Anniversary Special, is still available as a back issue.
Woodstock ’94 intends to be spectacular. Their announced line-up took even wary nostalgists by surprise, tempting even the most ardent preservationists of the true spirit of Woodstock. Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers, Santana, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Band, Jimmy Cliff’s All-Star Reggae Jam, Joe Crocker, Johnny Cash and the Neville Brothers are among the classic acts scheduled.
But if there was any doubt about the original Woodstock Generation showing up for the event, the new Woodstock Generation showing up for the event, the new Woodstock Ventures has insured its fate by booking the commercially-appealing Spin Doctors, Alice in Chains, Nine-Inch Nails, Porno for Pyros, the Cranberries, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Melissa Etheridge, Cypress Hill, Aerosmith and (gasp!) Metallica.
Last reports indicate that Bethel ’94, Sid Bernstein’s whole-hearted effort, is still a reality. Melanie, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, John Sebastian and Judy Collins are rumored to be among the performers, keeping more to the true spirit of the original Woodstock.
There are lots of festivals and concerts tours to choose from this summer. Go to them and savor them. Support live music. Just remember that the summer is HOT, so be cool!
I received a letter criticizing my last editorial. I stated that police use Grateful Dead stickers as a reason to pull vehicles over on the road. I recommend removing stickers to make yourselves less likely targets of the War on Drugs. Yes, this would remove some of the color from the roads and, yes, this is a clear constitutional injustice, but I’m just passing along the facts. We’ve come a long way, but all roads lead to the same tunnel.
Next issue will be a Guitarist Special featuring Jerry Garcia. We will continue our coverage of Deadheads Behind Bars. Also in this issue: Jimmy Vaughan, John Hammond, Jorma Kaukonen, Dave Edmunds, Alvin Lee, James Blood Ulmer, Blues Project, Eagles, Doors, Summer Tours/Festival ’94 and lots more.
A list of incarcerated Deadheads appears in this issue. Spread the sunshine and write these folks.
Enjoy the rest of the summer. It all goes by so quickly.
Peace, love and music,
Toni A. Brown, Publisher[ Close Window ]