Film/Music: Woodstock

Friday, September 12

The 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair held in rural New York inspired a hit film, a double album, a follow-up LP and a song by Joni Mitchell, which CSNY successfully covered. Oh, yeah, and a Peanuts character. Impressive, eh? The most important artifact from the Three Days of Peace & Music fest, though, remains the Oscar-winning documentary Woodstock, which depicts hippiedom in all its high times, sweet tunes and peaceful glory. (That includes plenty of young — albeit way too hairy for most contemporary tastes — naked bodies seen frolicking in the mud. Yippee!) The crowd of 500,000 congregated largely without incident despite minimal supplies and security. The fiercest rock acts of the day — The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, among others — staged dramatic sets (cue the Joe Cocker clip) while concertgoers dropped acid (watch out for the "brown" stuff) and twirled around in a state of chemically-induced bliss. By the way, in keeping with the flower-power theme, the screening is offered gratis courtesy of Summer of Love Deli. Fri., Sept. 12, 8 p.m., Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, free admission, 727-360-6697.