Celebrate Woodstock's 50th Anniversary With a 3-Day Music Festival at the Original Site

Courtesy of the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival
Courtesy of the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival

It might be time to bring the tie-dye headbands and bell bottoms out of storage. The legendary Woodstock concert is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the biggest way possible: with a three-day music festival at the same site where Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Who performed in August 1969. As the Associated Press reports, the former Woodstock grounds in Bethel, New York will play host to musical acts spanning multiple genres from August 16 to 18, 2019.

The lineup for the event, called the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival, hasn't been announced yet. However, both "prominent and emerging artists" will be on the bill, according to the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which owns the concert and cultural venue as well as a '60s-themed museum on the site.

As for the "culture" half of the festival, it will feature "TED-style talks from leading futurists and retro-tech experts," as the arts center describes it. Guests will also have access to the forthcoming exhibit at the Museum at Bethel Woods We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for an Aquarian Future, which opens March 30.

Bethel Woods also held a festival marking the 40th anniversary of Woodstock in 2009, which featured performances by Richie Havens (who opened the original Woodstock), Country Joe McDonald, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Canned Heat, and Jefferson Starship.

Although 400,000 people attended the original Woodstock—a seemingly impossible number by today's standards—the outdoor amphitheater at Bethel Woods holds just 15,000 people. Still, it's larger than a number of the country's other famous outdoor venues, like the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, or the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago.

In recent years, tourists have flocked to Bethel to take a historic walking tour of the Woodstock site. Last summer, researchers from New York's Binghamton University also held an archaeological dig to gain a deeper understanding of the grounds, but the "artifacts" they found were mostly shards of broken bottles and pull tabs from aluminum cans. Still, it helped them gain a better understanding of where certain performers stood, which will be used to create what the museum calls "interpretive walking routes" for the 50th anniversary festivities.

[h/t WJHL News]

The Bittersweet Detail You Might Have Missed in Game of Thrones's Final Episode

Gwendoline Christie in "The Iron Throne," Game of Thrones's series finale
Gwendoline Christie in "The Iron Throne," Game of Thrones's series finale
Helen Sloan, HBO

While the final episode of Game of Thrones was no doubt divisive, many of us can agree that Brienne of Tarth deserved better. One of her last scenes in the episode, "The Iron Throne," showed the newly-appointed knight putting aside any anger she might’ve had toward Jaime Lannister to finish his page in the White Book. The part was bittersweet after watching Jaime leave Brienne to be with his sister, Cersei—making us wish things could’ve turned out differently for our favorite knight.

There is one bittersweet detail in that scene that you might’ve missed, however, which makes it all the more sad. According to NME, one Twitter user voiced that they thought they heard the song “I Am Hers, She is Mine” playing in the background, which Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi considers to be the show’s wedding theme. Fans will remember the melody played when Robb Stark married Talisa back in season 2.

Djawadi has since confirmed it is the song, explaining to INSIDER why he included it:

"It's just a hint of what their relationship—if they had stayed together, if he was still alive—what it could have been. What they could have become. That's why I put that in there. I was amazed some people picked up on it. I was hoping people would go, 'Wait a minute, that's from season two.' And that was exactly my intent. I thought it would be very appropriate."

Though it’s only natural to imagine what could’ve happened if Jaime had stayed at Winterfell, let’s not forget that his honor (and character arc) went out the window when he headed back to King’s Landing.

[h/t NME]

This Poster Showcases Some of Rock 'N' Roll History's Most Iconic Moments

Courtesy of Dorothy
Courtesy of Dorothy

The world of rock 'n' roll has produced larger-than-life personalities and some of the most indelible moments of pop culture. From legendary groups like Queen and the Beatles to solo acts like Prince and Chuck Berry, rock artists have had cultural impact far beyond album releases—and the UK-based design shop Dorothy Studios has attempted to illustrate as many of these moments as possible.

To encapsulate the many on- and offstage moments that have helped shape rock history, Dorothy designers created "Inside Information: Vox AC30," a cutaway-style print that showcases famous people and events within the confines of a Vox AC30 guitar amp—a classic amplifier that soon became an industry standard. If you look closely, you can see everything from the Rolling Stones performing at the outdoor Stones in the Park music festival in July 1969 to Johnny Cash's live album performance at the Folsom State Prison in January 1968.

music poster
Courtesy of Dorothy

The poster print also has a helpful key that explains who, and what, each of the 40 separate illustrations showcase. In a way, the piece also serves as a handy beginner's guide for music fans looking to explore the depth of rock 'n' roll lore.

James Quail, creative director and partner at Dorothy, acted as the designer of the piece (as well as on this alternative music history poster) and explains that inspiration came from his love for diagrams. "The idea for the series came from thinking about memories of scientific cutaways from when I was in high school," Quail tells Mental Floss. "I loved diagrams which showed how machinery worked, or cut the Earth into portions and showing what was happening inside."

Quail also designed all of Dorothy's other pieces in their "Inside Information" collection. After Quail researches the genres being spotlighted and chooses the events he wants to feature, he works with Liverpudlian graphic designer Malik Thomas, who illustrates the print.

music poster
Courtesy of Dorothy

"We had the idea of taking real things apart but introducing levels of fantasy inside, so musical instruments might be filled with the artists and bands who used them, or film cameras filled with all the iconic moments from film that we could think of, and scenes playing out from a different perspective than we were used to seeing them," Quail says.

While the poster is chock-full of references, Quail admits there were still plenty of events they didn't have room for.

"Rock history is so rich with incident and anecdotes that to cover them all we would need a whole wall, but we picked a snapshot, hopefully covering off things that represent most eras, be it era-defining moments like the Beatles playing on The Ed Sullivan Show or the Sex Pistols playing Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall," Quail says. "Or moments that meant something big to us personally—like the first time I saw Nirvana playing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit.'"

music poster
Courtesy of Dorothy

This print, "Inside Information: Vox AC30," is available from Dorothy Studios for roughly $38. Other pieces in this collection including the movie-inspired "Director’s Cut," the portable music synthesizer "Minimoog," or the "Apple Macintosh," which chronicles the history of, well, Apple.

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