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August 1969: After 3 days of peace and love, Jeff Simon on Woodstock

Forty-five years ago, the three-day music festival Woodstock was not what it is today. Nor was Jeff Simon who he is today.

Even those who were there and realized they were watching history unfold could not grasp the entirety of the culture-defining event -- that children would learn about Woodstock in high school history classes.

Similarly, for me, it’s difficult to comprehend that that 45 years ago it wasn't a Jeff Simon opinion piece on The News’ front page talking about this landmark event in the history of our country. Rather, it was Simon's judgment-free observations that helped shape Buffalo’s opinion on the three days of peace, music, and love.

What appeared is a well-written, almost poetic account of the concert’s aftermath, but it somehow seems lacking in what we’ve all come to expect with a Simon byline in the years since. Luckily, he wrote about his memories of the festival in more "Simonesque" style in 1989 and 1994.

In today's paper, Simon writes about his experience at Woodstock and how he was not The News' first choice to cover the festival.

"Mass exodus of ‘Tribe of Youth’ goes on as Woodstock closes"

“By Sunday evening, State Police Major John W. Monahan had estimated the crowd at 400,000 people. To quote a blues piece by T-Bone Walker, it looked as if it was going to be 'Stormy Monday' with 'Shaky Tuesday Just as Bad.' "

18 aug 1969 Jeff simon at woodstock

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