Collecting Woodstock Festival Music Memorabilia
Woodstock Festival 1969 was the epitome of what the culture was all about. Not just protesting for peace against the
Vietnam War, but becoming an example of living in peace - "flower power."
Woodstock Music and Art Fair of 1969 is one of the greatest moments in music history! There is no denying it. After 40 years
- Woodstock '69 goes down in history as the greatest rock concert ever!
Having an appreciation of music history can lead you into the hobby of collecting music memorabilia; everything from
autographs, albums, concert programs, posters, t-shirts; some even collect personally owned items.
Woodstock '69 memorabilia should be included in any music collection as it has proven itself to be a phenomenon in music
history. Even though some may have been a little too young at the time, there's still appreciation and enjoyment of the music,
the times and the great impact it had.
Original Woodstock Program
Woodstock was a one time event and; therefore, Woodstock memorabilia is limited. If you look hard
enough, you can still find an original Woodstock program (pictured right) as the rain and the mud
destroyed many of them.
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) reproduced the program in 1985 to accompany the MFSL
Woodstock LP. How can you tell an original from a reproduction?
Original Woodstock Program vs. a Copy
Courtesy of Woodstock Preservation Archives
"On the original, the "f" in the word "of" sits directly in a sunflower bud. The first and last pages are a
thin, opaque onion skin like parchment. Almost every glossy image with a black background has little
white dot imperfections. The Grateful Dead two page spread has the same clarity on both pages and
the reprints are washed out looking."
Max Yasgur's Quote
"This is the largest group of
people ever assembled in
one place, and I think you
people have proven
something to the world: that
a half a million kids can get
together and have three
days of fun and music and
have nothing *but* fun and
music, and I God bless you
Woodstock Magazines & Publications
If you're looking for original Woodstock magazines and other published material, check the publishing
date. You want it to be 1969 or early 1970 publications. Some magazines have done a reprint or a
reproduction of the original issue.
If you're a collector, then you want to pay attention to the condition of the magazine. The better
condition it's in, the higher the value.
Magazines & Publications
Five Most Popular Woodstock
1. Rolling Stone Magazine
Woodstock Issue (September
20, 1969, Issue #42) U.S. &
U.K. Issue (reverse cover)
2. Woodstock Special Report
by the Editors of Rolling Stone
3. Life Magazine August 29,
1969 U.S. issue (with Norman
Mailer on cover)
4. Life Magazine August 29,
1969 U.K. issue
5. Woodstock 69 Photo Book -
Summer Pop Festivals - A
Photo Review by Joseph J. Sia
Woodstock Festival Poster
The Woodstock 1969 Dove Poster is one of the most famous and recognized poster in music history.
The original poster was made by Arnold Skolnick out of construction paper.
An Original Woodstock '69 Poster vs. a Copy
Courtesy of Woodstock Preservation Archives
- Original posters came in 2 sizes 18" x 24" and 32" x 24".
- They were either on a heavier cardstock or very thin paper used to plaster on walls and billboards.
- If the poster looks new or is that shiny poster paper, it is not original.
- Many originals have a thin white border around them and have the printing company stamped on the back.
- If it has a white border and larger border on the bottom, it is a second printing.
- If the color is orange and not red, and the details for camping etc, only has the header "crafters bazarre" etc. - with no
underneath text, it is not original.
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Collecting Original Woodstock Tickets
Original Woodstock Festival tickets were printed for admission and either pre-sold or intented to sell at the gate.
However, when the crowds starting crashing their way through the fence, it became a free concert.
These tickets were printed by the Globe Ticket Company out of Massachusetts. They were sold as a 3-Day ticket or a
Single Day ticket for either Friday, Saturday or Sunday. These extra tickets were stored and later sold to the public. The
press was destroyed in the 70s along with the stock paper. Unused tickets would still have the end ticket stub attached
(as shown in photo).
Because Woodstock was a one-time event, the tickets are one of the most valuable and collectible vintge tickets in
Max Yasgur - The Man Who Said "Yes!"
No one wanted to rent out the land to the idea of a sixties music concert. The (now classic) sixties music and the
undesireable hippies it would bring was a hard sell to town residents and officials. But producers Michael Lang, Joel
Rosenman, John Roberts and Artie Kornfeld didn't give up and after Wakill, NY fell through, they were introduced to a
dairy farmer, Max Yasgur.
Farmer Max Yasgur rented his farm for the Woodstock Festival. The farm became famous and the rest, as they say, is
Wallkill Poster. Wallkill
Woodstock poster where
the event was originally
supposed to take place.
1960s Yasgur Farm Milk Bottles Are A Great Woodstock Collectible!
Just a dairy farmer in Bethel, New York, Max Yasgur said "yes" when others said "no." A protest
against Max and his farm ensued with a boycott against his milk.
When Max heard that water was being sold, he gathered all the empty milk bottles and filled them
with water - passing them out to the concert goers. He also included all the milk that had been
Yasgur Farms 1 quart glass milk bottles from the 50s/60s are a great collectible of Woodstock
memories. Vintage bottles sell between $350 - $500; usually depending on the condition.
The vintage 60s bottles are identified with the Yasgur red logo slanted across the front and on the
reverse is a cow with a talking bubble saying "You are cordially invited to come in and see why we're
so proud of the milk we produce YASGUR FARMS."
Other Woodstock Collectibles
Collecting original Woodstock buttons, pins, postcards, patches, etc. are hard to find, but
not impossible - but then, that's what makes collecting fun and your findings so enjoyable.
There are various designs of Woodstock T-Shirts. The red Woodstock T-Shirt is not
vintage, but has a copy of the original poster. Some will even have the line up musicians
who played. It's a really cool shirt to have and wear. It always gets comments whenever I
wear mine - anything Woodstock is a conversation opener.
The music from the Woodstock 69 Festival still lives on to this day. There is an original
double album available as well as numerous rereleases in various formats. Some will even
have the now famous announcement of emcee Wavy Gravy, who says the famous quote
"What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000."
|Jimi Hendrix Guitar Played at
Woodstock 69. On Exhibit at
Experience Music Project in
Photo by Mark Tyra from
Albuquerque, NM, USA
|Photo: Woodstock Music &
Art Fair Memorial
Life Magazine Special Edition Woodstock
Woodstock has become known as a celebration of peace, love and music and it's legacy is being
preserved through the Woodstock Festival Preservation Archives "Dedicated to the Historic
Preservation of the Site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival." They have archived this Life Magazine
Special Edition Woodstock issue.
To commenorate the 40th Anniversay of Woodstock, Life Magazine issued a reprint/reproduction of
the original Special Issue. So be sure to read your fine print if you're looking for the original.
|Woodstock 69 Music Festival Memorabilia