While organizers and financial backers conduct aggressive discussions over whether or not the anniversary concert celebrating 50 years since the three day rock and roll event that changed the music world will go on, Andy Zax and Steve Woolard have put together a massive boxed set of music from the original festival performances.
Limited to just 1,969 numbered copies, the duo have compiled 432 tracks into a 38 disc collection that will include every performance given in 1969.
“Woodstock – Back To The Garden – The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive” is due out August 2. Organized in chronological order of appearance, the set includes 267 previously unreleased performances.
But the boxed collection which comes in a screen printed plywood box with a canvas insert contains much more than music. Also included in the collection are a Blu-Ray edition of the Woodstock film, a copy of the original festival program, two posters, a guitar strap, a reprint of a diary written by a festival goer, prints, essays, and a hard bound book.
Prior to the 36 disc set, a variety of smaller editions of the collection will be released including a 10 CD set, a 3CD/5LP version, and single disc versions.
Nearly half a million music fans gathered in upstate New York from August 15 to 18 to hear over 30 acts perform including The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, and The Who