On Christmas Eve, Brian Kolb [R-Canandaigua] -- then minority leader in the New York State Assembly -- published an op-ed urging New Yorkers to drive sober during the holidays; on New Year's Eve, Kolb wrecked a state-owned official vehicle and then failed a roadside blood-alcohol test.
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So that shindig that was being planned to capitalize upon the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival? Not happening. I think that's fine: some moments deserve to be looked back upon, relished and then, left the hell alone. As the festival's main focus was music (I mean there were naked people, a ton of mud and some questionable LSD, but still), the best way to do a bit of relishing, in my opinion, is to kick back with a few of the tunes cranked out by Woodstock's many musicians. You could tackle this by spinning up some CCR, Richie Havens, Janis Joplin or Joe Cocker on iTunes. However, I like this alternative.
Starting at 5:07 p.m. EST today, August 15, you can listen to every minute of the three days of concerts, courtesy of Philadelphia radio station WXPN. It will include all of the festival’s archived audio: from the iconic performances to the stage announcements to the rain delays.
The exclusive broadcast will feature newly reconstructed audio archives of each of Woodstock’s 32 acts, starting with Richie Havens’ opening set, and continuing through to Jimi Hendrix’s closing performance on Sunday morning. According to a release from the station, it will be broadcast in “as close to real time as possible.”
How cool is that?
If you're not familiar with the artists who made this monster of a music festival the legend that it is, tuning into WXPN online is a great way to listen in on some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, without having to invest a dime—Of course, if you dig their sound, be sure to do the right thing and buy a few of their recordings. Read the rest