Canadian bassist Brad Campbell performed and recorded with Janis Joplin from 1968-1970, including the albums I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again, Mama and Pearl, appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and Dick Cavett Show, and at Festival Express and the Woodstock festival. He is prominently featured in the PBS documentary, Little Girl Blue, and Holly George-Warren’s forthcoming biography, Janis: Her Life and Music.
Holly George-Warren is the award-winning author of sixteen books, including The Road to Woodstock (written with Michael Lang), Grateful Dead 365, Public Cowboy #1: The Life & Times of Gene Autry, A Man Called Destruction: The Life & Music of Alex Chilton, and forthcoming Janis: Her Life and Music (October, Simon & Schuster). The two-time Grammy nominee teaches at SUNY-New Paltz and has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and numerous other publications.
Jonathan Gould spent many years playing drums in bands and at recording studios. In August 1969, he had just returned to his native New York from London when, dressed in Carnaby Street garb, he was mistaken for a musician performing at Woodstock and whisked away in a helicopter to the festival site. He is the author of two acclaimed nonfiction works, Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life and Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America.
Michael Lang is the co-creator of the original Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969. He has since produced festivals in East Berlin, the concert at the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, Woodstock ’94, and Woodstock ’99, among many other ventures. He served as manager of such artists as Billy Joel and Joe Cocker and is the author (with Holly George-Warren) of The Road to Woodstock. He is the producer of the upcoming Woodstock50 festival, slated for August 16-18, 2019, in Watkins Glen, NY.
Gilles Malkine played rhythm guitar in Tim Hardin’s band at the 1969 Festival. He was born in Paris and raised in Woodstock, and began his acting career at age 11 as Sonny in William Inge’s Dark at the Top of the Stairs in the 1960 summer stock season at the Woodstock Playhouse. He studied the Sanford Meisner acting technique with Brad Dourif at the Woodstock Film and Actors Guild. Gilles has appeared on stage (and film) with Melissa Leo, Blondie, Charles Grodin, Chevy Chase, Mercedes Ruell, John Glover, James Stephens, Andrea Martin, Mikhail Horowitz, and many others. He has been a musician since age 12, and writer as well, and is presently an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. Gilles has been performing with Mikhail Horowitz since 1989; their comedy performance art, now spanning 30 years, includes music, poetry, parody, satire, songs, and video and theatrical skits.
Christine Oliveira arrived in Woodstock in 1969 with the dream of starting a school in the woods for young children. Three years after attending the Woodstock festival, she founded School of the New Moon in 1972, where she was director and teacher for 45 years.
Andy Shernoff has been involved in 180 recordings as a musician, producer or songwriter (http://andyshernoff.com/discography/). His music has appeared in dozens of movies, TV shows and video games including,Kindergarten Cop, Billions and Call of Duty(http://andyshernoff.com/filmography/). He saw every band at Woodstock ’69 except for the Keef Hartley Band.
Dr. Rhoney Stanley attended Woodstock ’69 with the Grateful Dead, slept in a tent set up by Wavy Gravy, and flew in a helicopter to the site with Jerry Garcia.Today, she directs a holistic orthodontic practice in West Saugerties that also provides acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and cranial therapy. The author of numerous academic papers on dentistry, she is the coauthor, with Tom Davis from SNL, of Owsley and Me: My LSD Family(2013). Currently, she is collaborating, with Dr. Elizabeth Carroll, on a book that tells the untold story of the women of the Grateful Dead and the counterculture.
Percussionist Juma Sultan shot to international fame when he stepped onto the stage of the Woodstock festival as a member of Jimi Hendrix’s Gypsy Sun & Rainbows. The California native moved to New York in the mid-‘60s where he co-formed the still-active, free-form musical collective Aboriginal Music Society, for which he played double bass, percussion, and various woodwinds, working with such artists as Albert Ayler, Pharaoh Sanders, and Sonny Sharrock.He also started African Drum Circles staged on Sundays on Woodstock’s Village Green. He wrote and recorded with Hendrix from late 1968 until the guitarist’s death. Heis the subject of Reel History: The Lost Archive of Juma Sultan and the Aboriginal Music Society by Stephen D. Farina (Wesleyan University Press). He can currently be seen performing as part of the Aboriginal Music Society.
Woodstock ’69 Photography Presentation by Amalie Rothschild: Amalie R. Rothschild is an award winning filmmaker and photographer noted for her documentaries about social issues as revealed through the lives of people in the arts, and for her music photographs from the Fillmore East, Woodstock and other seminal rock events from 1968 to 1974. Her 1969 picture of Bob Dylan at the Isle of Wight graced the cover of issue #43 of Rolling Stone. She is a co-founder of New Day Films, author of Live at the Fillmore East: A Photographic Memoir, and photographer of Woodstock: 50 Years of Peace and Music, and co-editor of Amalie Rothschild, a monograph and “portable museum” of the art and legacy of her mother and namesake, published in 2012. While based in New York City, she has lived and worked in Italy 7 to 8 months of the year since 1983.
Documentary Screening “Woodstock: Now and Then” presented by Barbara Kopple: Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker. A director and producer of narrative films, documentaries and commercial spots, her most recent project is the documentary NEW HOMELAND, which premiered at the 2018 DOC NYC Film Festival.Barbara produced and directed Harlan County USA and American Dream, both winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Her other films include A Murder In Mansfield, This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, Miss Sharon Jones!, Running From Crazy, The House of Steinbrenner, Woodstock: Now and Then, Shut Up and Sing, Havoc, A Conversation with Gregory Peck, My Generation, Wild Man Blues, Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson, for which she won a DGA Award for Outstanding Direction, and many more.
Barbara directed the narrative feature Havoc, starring Anne Hathaway and written by Stephen Gaghan, about a group of wealthy teenagers coming of age and searching for an identity in Los Angeles. She also directs episodic television and commercial spots. Her television work includes episodes of OZ on HBO and Homicide, for which she won a DGA Award for Outstanding Direction. Barbara has directed spots for companies such as Sprint, Applebee’s, Dove, Target, The Tiger Woods Foundation, Pearl Vision and the Children’s Defense Fund.
She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Director’s Guild of America, New York Women in Film and Television’s Honorary Board, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and actively participates in organizations that address social issues and support independent filmmaking.
The Rock Academy Showband will be doing an entire Woodstock ‘69 set. The Rock Academy Showband is an advanced ensemble of young musicians between the ages of 12 and 18 who have been selected for their musical prowess, showmanship, love of performing, and ability to share the stage with professional musicians as they tour the world.
Recent and current participants of showband have played alongside such musical luminaries as Jon Anderson (Yes), Scott Ian (Anthrax), John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful), Donald Fagan (Steely Dan), and Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia). Festivals and events that have featured showband include a headline slot at the 2017 international Frank Zappa Festival, Zappanale, in Bad Doberan, Germany, where the kids played to nearly 10,000 diehard Zappa fans, as well as multiple years appearing at Mountain Jam Festival, performing with acts including Sister Sparrow, Con Brio and other guest stars.
Rock Academy has included selections from the legendary Woodstock 69 concert in many of its performances — always crowd favorites and as we are based here in the home of the iconic festival, a musical tradition that is steeped in the very blood and guts of the music school.