Sunday, August 9, 2009

Woodstock and Israel

Without an American Jew with strong ties to Israel, there would not have been a Woodstock.

Max Yasgur, whose farm in Bethel, NY became the stage for the world's greatest festival, had this to say to the crowd:

"...the important thing that you've proven to the world is that a half a million kids — and I call you kids because I have children that are older than you are — a half million young people can get together and have three days of fun and music and have nothing but fun and music, and I God Bless You for it! ”

Joni Mitchell commemorated him in a song:

"I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him where are you going
And this he told me: he said
I'm going on down to Yasgur's farm
I'm going to join in a rock 'n' roll band
I'm going to get back to the land
And get my soul free.."

When Max visited Israel, he was introduced to David Ben Gurion who immediately recognized him as the Woodstock guy. Apparently, Ben-Gurion appreciated good music.

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