Saturday, August 29, 2009

Taking Woodstock

Much has been said about the Woodstock Music and Art Fair at its 40th anniversary. So I had to satisfy my curiosity and see the new movie Taking Woodstock. It was not playing at the local multiplex so we had to take a 10 minute drive to Bayside to see it. It was a partly fictionalized account of the famous concert and the preparations for it. The festival did not take place in Woodstock, but in Bethel, NY. The movie tells how a young man helps his parents run a dilipidated motel and convinces the producers to move the festival.

If you want to see a concert movie, you will be very disappointed. You do hear some background music from the concert, but there is no footage from the original movie. There was a scene wher someone had a sign asking about Bob Dylan. Even though he lived nearby, Bob did not perform. In 1969 Dylan did appear at the Isle of Wight festival.

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