Monday, May 9, 2011

Woodstock lives on

In an attempt to ascertain whether Benjy Mudie and I were right in our recollection about the screening in apartheid South Africa of the classic documentary movie about the 1969 Woodstock festival, I managed to get an adapted version of my previous posting published in the Weekend Post, Port Elizabeth, on April 30, 2011. (Please click on the image to read it full-size.) Four SMS responses were published the following week, May 7, which endorsed our view that only the nude and overtly drug-taking scenes were censored, and that indeed the film was shown across the country.

This is the article I had published.

Here are the responses, which show that this event, thanks to Michael Wadleigh's magnificent film and the triple-album soundtrack, had a profound influence on people and continues to strike a chord. It's just a shame he blotted his copybook in Pete Fornatale's book.

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