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The Backstory On How Woodstock Happened

"Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation" is a new documentary that tells the behind-the-scenes story of how the 1969 festival beat the odds to come together.
Henry Diltz

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3 Days of Peace, Music and Chaos

(Starts at 7:44) 

Barak Goodman is the writer and director of a new documentary, “Woodstock: Three Days that Defined a Generation.” The film asks the question: Why did 400,000 young people trek across the country in 1969 to see a music festival in the middle of nowhere? And, more important, how did the experience change them? But not much is known about how the festival almost didn't happen because of major challenges met by the promoters. John spoke with Goodman about his new Woodstock documentary earlier this year when the film had a theatrical release. It is now airing Aug. 6 on PBS.

3 Days, 36 Hours of Music

The dominant narratives about Woodstock have been largely based on the documentary film and the soundtrack that were released a year later. Restoration producer Andy Zax spent 14 years recovering the audio from the entire three-day festival for Rhino Records, which has released a 38-CD set. Zax chose to embrace all original environmental sounds, stage announcements and crowd noise. The audio archive seeks to paint a sonic picture of the festival as it really was and highlights performances that had previously been written out of history.

D.A. Pennebaker, R.I.P. 

(Starts at 00:45) 

The influential documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker died this weekend at the age of 94. He pioneered cinéma vérité with his landmark 1967 film, "Don't Look Back," about Bob Dylan's tour of Europe. Pennebaker also made "Monterey Pop" and the political documentary, "The War Room," about Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. John talks with filmmaker Sam Jones about Pennebaker's legacy.