WOODSTOCK‘S 50th ANNIVERSARY


Sweetwater on Stage
Sweetwater at Woodstock 1969

This year is the FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY of the original WOODSTOCK Music & Arts Fair, there is more activity surrounding this year’s anniversary than at any time since we played there on that fateful weekend in 1969.
Over the years, we have participated in dozens of domestic and international news interviews, TV interviews (VH1 & History Channel), contributed our words and photos to several Woodstock books, magazines and internet articles, but THIS YEAR, the interest is far beyond what any of us would have ever dreamed of. Imagine that . . . fifty years later!


RIGHT NOW:

In March of this year, we were invited by the good folks at The MUSEUM at BETHEL WOODS, the original site of the 1969 WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL (a place that was once Yasgur’s Dairy Farm) to be part of a couple of Q & A panels to speak about our experiences in 1969 and since. Needless to say, it brought back intense memories of us playing on that stage and the time we spent there . . . all those years ago.

We just completed a TV special in Los Angeles on KTTV (the Fox affiliate, who are currently celebrating their 70th anniversary in LA!) on “nostalgia” hosted by long-time anchor Hal Eisner, which includes a short SWEETWATER special they put together about us, our music, history and current activities, along with a spare live performance at their studio by Nancy & Alex. This is slated to air on June 28 at 6 pm on KTTV in the greater LA area, and Fox affiliates. Additionally, Hal Eisner has done a podcast in which we are the Q & A guests, including music and casual conversation, also airing on June 28th.

This summer, we had been waiting to see how the Michael Lang Woodstock Anniversary event at Watkin’s Glen was shaping up, but which now seems to have been plagued by one-too-many issues to still be viable. As it turns out, we’ll be playing in New York on July 20th at the Great South Bay Music Festival on Long Island.

That weekend, we are also appearing at Port Washington, New York Library for a SWEETWATER multimedia, live music and Q & A/discussion event on July 19th @ 7:30 pm.
This is free to the public.


IF YA MISSED IT THE FIRST TIME . . . .

Simultaneously, in August, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original WOODSTOCK Music & Arts Fair, our original record label, Warner Bros/Rhino Records are releasing several different sized box sets of material from the 1969 event.

This year, they are offering one particularly massive, extremely inclusive box set, "WOODSTOCK - BACK TO THE GARDEN: THE DEFINITIVE 50TH ANNIVERSARY ARCHIVE", which includes every single auditory thing that occurred throughout the entire festival!
The intention is to give today’s listeners the sonic experience of having been there fifty years ago – every minute of the three days of that iconic festival!
Consequently, this will include not only every song played and sung by every act throughout the festival (including SWEETWATER), but EVERY NOTE, played, sung, tuned or unintentionally made, as well as every announcement made over their massive PA system, crowd responses, helicopters coming and going, and even periods of silence between all of the above.
We’ve heard our set during the mixing process – it’s eerily like being there!
Producer Andy Zax has magically made all of the original music sound clearer (without altering or overdubbing any note), while still allowing the listener to feel immersed in the event as it happened!

We’ll continue to do several radio, news and internet interviews throughout this year – STAY TUNED!


THIS TIME:

In August, our original record label, Warner Bros/Rhino Records, are releasing a massive, extremely inclusive box set which includes every single auditory thing that occurred throughout the entire festival!

WOODSTOCK - BACK TO THE GARDEN: THE DEFINITIVE 50TH ANNIVERSARY ARCHIVE
38 CDs, 432 Tracks - 267 Previously Unreleased
* Limited, Numbered Edition Of 1969"

WOODSTOCK - BACK TO THE GARDEN: 
  THE DEFINITIVE 50TH ANNIVERSARY ARCHIVE
WOODSTOCK - BACK TO THE GARDEN from Rhino:

From the 40th Anniversary:

THE FIRST TIME:

Rhino Records issued several different variations of WOODSTOCK box sets, featuring the live music from those three days in 1969, most with Sweetwater songs included.

"WOODSTOCK -- 40 YEARS ON: BACK TO YASGUR'S FARM BOXED SET"

Woodstock: 40 Years on: Back to Yasgur's Farm
“Taking

The Ang Lee movie, 'Taking Woodstock' has optioned our song 'Motherless Child' for use in it.


There was also a Best of Woodstock - Various Artists [Limited Edition] CD
Best of Woodstock

with Jimi Hendrix (Author), Sweetwater (Author), Melanie (Author), Arlo Guthrie (Author), Joan Baez (Author), Santana (Author), John Sebastian (Author), Canned Heat (Author), Mountain (Author), Creedence Clearwater Revival (Author)

Available from Amazon:
Several Books:
Woodstock_3_days
Join Together
Woodstock_peace_music_memories
Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World (Hardcover)
by Mike Evans (Editor), Paul Kingsbury (Editor), Martin Scorsese (Foreword)
Join Together! Forty Years of the Rock Festival (Paperback) by Brant (Author), Marley (Author)
Woodstock - Peace, Music & Memories by Brad Littleproud and Joanne Hague
(Paperback - Jul 3, 2009)



Rev-Ola (the venerable British re-issue label) released Sweetwater’s first album for European distribution, titled simply “Sweetwater”, originally released in the U.S. by Warner Bros/Reprise in 1968.
It was re-mastered and has extensive, totally new liner notes and never-before seen vintage pix of the band.
It is available in the US - from various vendors including:
"Rev-Ola Sweetwater - Barnes and Noble"
"Rev-Ola Sweetwater - Amazon"


Available from Collector's Choice: "Click on this link to check it out!"

(1st album)
Label: Reprise
Record# 6313
Title: SWEETWATER
Year: 1968
(2nd album)
Label: Reprise
Record# 6417
Title: JUST FOR YOU
Year: 1970
(3rd album)
Label: Reprise
Record# 6473
Title: MELON
Year: 1971

And...you can find us in other places:


Hippie CD
Barnes and Noble sold a 60’s music compilation CD called "Hippie." The disc featured a Sweetwater cut, the pre-accident "Motherless Child!" Warner Brothers Special Projects edited and re-mastered the music, including Arlo Guthrie, The Grateful Dead and others.

Barnes and Noble is also selling a coffee table book. The book, also, is called "Hippie" The book was #4 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2009

It's a sweet collection.

Hippie Book


For all who have been requesting song Lyrics -
Go to "Live at Last" page OR Lyrics for links to Lyric pages

Because things keep coming up nearly every day now . . . stay tuned for updates.

Thanks for your loyal support over these many years, Nancy Nevins, Fred Herrera, Alex Del Zoppo (founders, Sweetwater)



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