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Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music

Jul 3, 2019

By Michael Lang

50th Anniversary Edition This large coffee table edition is the 50th anniversary celebration of Woodstock with the festival’s creator and founder Michael Lang. It includes hundreds of photographs and documents accompanied by Lang’s fascinating memories and insights into the most famous and successful festival of all time, with images of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, Richie Havens, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Country Joe McDonald and the Grateful Dead.

Michael Lang on the site of Woodstock Image © Henry Diltz

The ephemera from Lang’s largely unseen archive include the original designs and plans for the event, correspondence, set-lists, information on artists’ fees and much more. This wealth of information is accompanied by the best photographs of the event by famous and unknown photographers such as Ralph Ackerman, John Dominis, Bill Eppridge, Dan Garson, Barry Z. Levine, Ken Regan, Lee Marshall and Baron Wolman, and notably featuring the archive of Henry Diltz. Diltz was the only official photographer at Woodstock and was there for two weeks, from an empty field of cows, to first construction, crowds arriving and the aftermath. He also captured on stage performances and behind-the-scenes moments with the many artists involved.

WOODSTOCK is an exuberant volume, that conveys the vision, hard work and very elusive magic that made up “three days of peace and music.”

Michael Lang and assistant Ticia. Bernuth Image © Henry Diltz

The Woodstock office at the New York Telephone Building in Kauneonga Lake.

© Henry Diltz, Woodstock, 1969

Early Days at Bethel with transportation. © Henry Diltz

© Tom Miner/Topfoto Woodstock, Aug 1969

Grace Slick Jefferson Airplane, © Henry Diltz Woodstock, Aug 1969

My office trailer backstage. © Henry Diltz

…the good kind! © Henry Diltz 

© Tom Miner/ Topfoto, Woodstock, Aug 1969

Jimi Hendrix. © Dan Garson, Woodstock 1969

Sally Mann. © Henry Diltz, Woodstock 1969

COUPLE LOUNGING. © Dan Garson, Woodstock 1969

Woodstock – 3 Days of Peace & Music by Michael Lang is published by Reel Art Press

RRP £44.95. For further information and full list of stockists visit www.reelartpress.com

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