Going Down to Yasgur’s Farm

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I’m very picky about the movies I see. In my eyes, I already have a television at home. Why should I shell out $12 just to see a movie I probably won’t like? (I’m looking at you Bruno. You wasted my time. My precious, precious time.)

That being said, I do get excited about some movies–the movies that I feel have a chance of being an epic movie of our time. One of those movies that I’m excited about has got to be Taking Woodstock. Not only does it remind me of another classic, Almost Famous, but it also stars one of my favorite comedians (and disappointingly not a Jew), Demitri Martin.

The movie tells the story of the Teichberg family, who “graciously” allowed a couple of hippies to hold a concert on their farm in the Catskills. Little did they know that the concert would become the infamous Woodstock Festival.

While the Teichbergs don’t actually exist, the movie is clearly based on Max Yasgur, the Jewish farmer who allowed Woodstock onto his farm. He was later immortalized in the lyrics of Joni Mitchell’s song, “Woodstock.”

Now, on the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, Max Yasgur is getting his time. Not only is there a movie, but there is a new book out about the man, written by his cousin. In a pretty awesome twist, the authors, Abigail Yasgur and Joseph Lipner, decided to make it a children’s book. Totally rad. Max Said Yes! The Woodstock Story is available at maxsaidyes.com.

Posted on August 7, 2009

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