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Greying flower children make pilgrimage to Woodstock 40 years onhttp://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/festivals/article6798424.eceWoodstock wasn't everybody's summer of '69http://www.lohud.com/article/20090818/COLUMNIST/908180339/-1/SPORTSWhy is this Woodstock anniversary so different?http://www.newsday.com/opinion/opinion-why-is-this-woodstock-anniversary-so-different-1.1371065Woodstock Flashback: Remembrance of Things Pasthttp://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/17/woodstock-flashback-remembrance-of-things-past/Back to the Garden, Without the Shock, or All That Mud [Free registration may be required]http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/17/arts/music/17heroes.htmlCBS News: Woodstock 40 Years Laterhttp://www.cbsnews.com/2718-207_162-207.htmlThe Woodstock Festivals and All Live Musichttp://www.woodstock.com/From August 15 to 18, 1969, some 400,000 people came to a farm in Bethel, New York for "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music". Most people know this seminal moment in music history as "Woodstock". This past week, people gathered to hear the sounds and spirit of that original concert at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which is located on the grounds of that beloved original festival. Many others took the opportunity on this 40th anniversary to talk about how Woodstock changed (or did not change) their lives. In his review of the show, Jon Pareles of the New York Times noted that things were a bit different at this particular concert: "There was no gate crashing, no mud, no shortage of food....The sold-out crowd of 15,000 was less than 5 percent of Woodstock's estimated attendance. " In an article for Newsday, noted New York radio personality Pete Fornatale commented, "I and members of my generation will always celebrate the messages of hope, peace, love and music that were etched into the heart and soul of Woodstock Nation. But it's mortality, more than anything else, that is compelling us this year to get ourselves back to the garden." The first link will take users to a piece from the Times which talks about the return of Woodstock veterans to upstate New York for the 40th anniversary. The second link leads to a thoughtful piece from Phil Reisman writing in the Lower Hudson Journal News. In this piece, he recounts the divide between the "straights" and the "cools" back in the summer of 1969. The third link leads visitors to Pete Fornatale's recollections of what has changed since that fateful couple of days in 196. Moving on, the fourth link leads to Ken Gross's thoughts on his own experience making it up to Woodstock from the West Village as a reporter with a group of four "cool" types. The fifth link whisks users away to the review of the 40th anniversary Woodstock concert by New York Times critic Jon Pareles. The sixth link leads to a special site created by CBS News to commemorate the anniversary via video clips, interviews, and slideshows. Finally, the last link leads to the Woodstock site, which contains clips from the original festival, along with concerts of the present day.
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