Images providing a uncommon glimpse of the long-lasting Woodstock Pageant bought for greater than $16,000 at an public sale hosted by New York-based Guernsey Auctioneers on July 15.
The distinctive pictures, often called the Woodstock Storybook, present among the world’s most well-known rock stars performing on the one-of-a-kind pageant in August 1969, together with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who and Neil Younger.
They had been taken by Barry Levine, 77, whose all-access move allowed him to rise up near the performers in addition to take aerial photos from a helicopter.
The profitable bidder’s id was not launched.
Barry Levine, then a producer at Columbia Information, hopped on his helicopter for the one aerial pictures of the 1969 pageant
Guitarist Jimi Hendrix headlined the pageant, which was become a documentary that turned a field workplace hit in 1970
The film received an Academy Award, however Hendrix died of an overdose in September 1970, somewhat over a yr after the pageant
Singer Janis Joplin is among the many rock icons Levine bought near whereas capturing the occasion
‘In lower than a month I will probably be 78. I used to be 26 at Woodstock, so I simply thought it was time to move them to any person else,’ he stated.
Levine auctioned the 300 unique coloration slides that doc the three-day pageant.
A number of close-up pictures of Jimi Hendrix bought for $4,600, whereas others depicting the Grateful Lifeless’s Jerry Garcia bought for $3,500.
A shot of Janis Joplin performing bought for $1,300.
The one present photograph of people rock supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash and Younger performing on the pageant additionally bought for over $1,300. Younger was a ‘purist’ who hated being photographed.
Crowds climb one of many towers on the pageant. Levine stated situations had been, ‘very unhealthy. There wasn’t sufficient meals or water.’
The one present photograph of people rock tremendous group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Younger performing on the 1969 pageant (above) bought for over $1,300 alone, provided that Neil Younger was a ‘purist’ who hated being photographed
Levine was on the pageant ‘from when it was a grassy area to a muddy area.’ Above, English blues singer Joe Crocker wears a tie-dye shirt
Alvin Lee, lead vocalist and guitarist of Ten Years After, performs at Woodstock
Barry Levine, 77, took a forty five minute on a piano cowl onstage
Levine’s Leica digital camera and press move used for the pageant bought for $3,704.
Taken collectively, the gathering bought for $17,301.
It additionally features a distinctive aerial view of the pageant grounds at Bethel, New York, and intimate pictures of those that attended.
Levine was a contract producer for Columbia Information and is the one nonetheless photographer on the documentary movie Woodstock, which was launched in March 1970 and went on to turn out to be one of many yr’s highest grossing documentaries.
Throughout the pageant, he took so many photos that he had blisters on his index finger and thumb from clicking the shutter and advancing the movie, based on a bio on web site Rock Scene Auctions.
The one time he stopped was for a forty five minute nap on the piano cowl on stage throughout the Blood, Sweat and Tears efficiency.
‘I bought there on the August 17, 1969, and I used to be there from when it was a grassy area to a muddy area,’ he stated.
‘The situations had been very unhealthy. There wasn’t sufficient meals or water however everybody lived in peace and love. The sensation was palpable – this was the life folks had been ready for, to stay freely and govern themselves.
‘I had an all-access move, which enabled me to go anyplace I wished. I had my very own helicopter so I used to be the one photographer who had the aerial pictures.’
The gathering was bought at public sale in New York to an unknown bidder this month
Your complete assortment, together with memorabilia, netted greater than $17,000 in whole. Pictured, a pair on the occasion in 1969
Images of The Who’s Pete Townshend (left) and Roger Daltrey (proper) kind a part of Levine’s set of 300 coloration slides of the three-day pageant
Whereas the pageant organizers had been left bankrupt by the occasion itself, they made their a refund from the movie and recording rights.
The ‘three days of peace and love,’ had been held on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, a couple of miles away from the city of Woodstock, and attracted 400,000 folks, lots of whom entered with out tickets.