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Woodstock and Stardust

17 Aug 2009, 17:54 UTC
Woodstock and Stardust
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The famous Woodstock Music Festival ran from August 15 to August 18, exactly 40 years ago. Woodstock is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in music history. During a period of time where incredible scientific endeavors were tarnished by savage warfare in Vietnam, Woodstock became synonymous with a call for world peace (indeed, the slogan for the event was "3 Days of Peace & Music").

In this special guest article for Space Disco, Govert Schilling, author of the outstanding book 'The Hunt For Planet X' and collaborator in the @Twisst project, shares his memories of this musical event, showing how singer Joni Mitchell included some stellar physics in her lyrics...

Canadian folk singer Joni Mitchell did not perform at the legendary Woodstock festival, forty years ago today. Her manager thought it would be better for her to appear on The Dick Cavett Show. In a New York City hotel room, she witnessed the three-day hippie fest in Bethel on television, and right there she wrote her famous song 'Woodstock'.

'We are stardust, we are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.' Beautiful music and wonderful lines - back then, I must have played that record hundreds ...

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