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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Woodstock revisited

The Woodstock Music Festival happened 40 years ago this week. I posted my first-hand recollections of the landmark event on this blog in September of 2008, well ahead of schedule for the big anniversary. Here is the link:

I looked for some photos to illustrate what I looked like in 1969, and the best I could come up with were the following two. Both of these photos would have been taken a year or two after I attended Woodstock.

The first is from a musical jam session with a circle of friends at the Blanck's house on Maple Street. I appear to be playing a F major bar-chord on Christine's Goya folk guitar.

The second photo is my official High School senior portrait.

By that time I was was already listening to Arnold Schoenberg and Elliott Carter in addition to Hendrix and Zappa. I had been musically corrupted, and it was downhill from there.