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WOODSTOCK – Manuscript draft schedule [Woodstock, N.Y., c. July-August 1969].
WOODSTOCK – Manuscript draft schedule [Woodstock, N.Y., c. July-August 1969].

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WOODSTOCK – Manuscript draft schedule [Woodstock, N.Y., c. July-August 1969].

One sheet, c.715 x c.1100 mm, accomplished in various color markers and pencil, (some ink bleed to right portion at horizontal fold). Provenance: Jean Val Ernst; by decent to his wife Joan and son Lanny Ernst.

A newly discovered preliminary plan for the Woodstock concert. A testament to the moving target that was the Woodstock festival during its planning stages, the festival here appears to been intended to run from Wednesday 13 August, running an entire week to Wednesday 20 August 1969. The plan lists each day horizontally, and each row is divided into smaller, but unspecified time intervals (perhaps 10 minutes per slot?). Only the prime nights (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) were scheduled, and many of several of the planned acts, including Joan Baez, The Grateful Dead, The Jefferson Airplane and The Who, were scheduled to play four nights in a row – each consuming generous amounts of time. Oddly enough, only two slots were allotted for Jimi Hendrix (Sunday night) followed by an equally short set by Johnny Winter. Other acts that would perform at the Bethel, New York festival mentioned here include Canned Heat, Ravi Shankar, Janis Joplin, Ritchie Havens, Sha-Na-Na, Country Joe and the Fish, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sweetwater, Incredible String Band, Mountain, and Arlo Guthrie. Proposed acts that did not perform in August 1969 include Spontaneous Sound and (penciled at the close of Sunday evening) Iron Butterfly (who failed to make the festival). Jean Val Ernst, a staff member of Woodstock Ventures discovered the chart in a trailer behind the stage after the conclusion of the festival.

[With:] YASGER, Max. Autograph note signed (“Max Yasger”) to Jean Val Ernst and Joan Bernas [Swan Lake, N.Y.], 8 November 1969 on the verso of a printed invitation to a dinner held in honor of Max Yasger, signed again at top by Yasger as well as promoters Joel ROSENMAN and John ROBERTS; Life, special Woodstock Edition, 1969 signed and inscribed to the Ernsts on the interior by promoters Joel ROSENMAN and John ROBERTS (beside their respective images), and signed on a different page by Max YASGER and Mimi YASGER; related ephemera from the festival including Jean Val Ernst’s employee vehicle pass; a pay stub a Woodstock employee identification badge; a vehicle title for a jeep purchased by Ernst’s wife from Woodstock Ventures; and a 28 April 2012 letter of provenance signed by Joan and Lanny Ernst.

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