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Thursday, August 13, 2009

New York Times discovers Woodstock

As you might have read on page A22 of your computer screen, the gray lady's Peter Applebome discovered Woodstock on Thursday, and local names and places were mentioned.

Here are the victims:

* The obvious: Woodstock '69 promoter and Mount Tremper resident Michael Lang, Max Yasgur and his Bethel farm, where the festival took placel;

* Michael Esposito of the Old Spokes Home and a guitarist for the Blues Magoos;

* The Blues Magoos, who are performing the Roots of Woodstock concert at the Bearsville Theater Saturday;

* Marc Black, who will also perform the Roots of Woodstock concert;

* Alchemy at 297 Tinker St., in Woodstock;

* The Maverick community;

* The Byrdcliffe art colony;

* "Woodstock/You Can't Get There From Here" filmmaker David McDonald;

...

There was an odd paragraph in Applebome's story, though.

One sign of that (creative re-emergence) is Alchemy of Woodstock, billed as a combination coffeehouse, bookstore, music venue, art gallery and gathering space, and remarkably, one of the only places to hear live music in a town full of famous musicians. (emphasis mine)

Let's see ...

The Bearsville theater is a stone's throw from Alchemy (in the same complex, as a matter of fact) and the "Roots of Woodstock" concert is taking place at the "theater" on Saturday.

The Colony Cafe was not mentioned either. The "Roots of Woodstock" concert took place there last year.

The story, as noted, mentions the Byrdcliffe art colony, but not the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, which hosts many concerts and art-related events.

Similarly, The Maverick community is mentioned, but the Maverick concerts.

And what about that Woodstock '69 alum who hosts "Midnight Rambles" at his Woodstock home once a month? He was from some Band or something.

Just sayin'

Alas, also in the piece, there was this little gem:
Woodstock is a little like the Middle East, one of those places where everyone has his own view of reality.
Get your T-shirts ready: "Woodstock: 'A little like the Middle East'" - N.Y. Times.

Classic.
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