Dear Grace Slick Fan,
Forty years ago history was made on a farmers field in upstate New York. And if your over the age of 10, you probably do not need the likes of me to explain all that happened and what it all meant. I'll leave that to the countless movies, books, news stories, documentaries, department store theme window displays, historians, and the four million people who say they were one of the four hundred thousand there.
Personally, I'd rather hear the story of the historic "3 Days Of Peace & Music" from one of the few remaining voices of a revolutionary generation who gathered together on that stage to create something amazing... Grace Slick.
The truth is, Woodstock is not one story at all. It's the story of each individual who braved the traffic, the weather and the absence of general services, some whose names we’ll never know.
Grace has perfectly captured this, in her recent painting Woodstock. In one grand single view on canvas, Ms. Slick has offered a sea of people who made up the epic scene. Each with their own experience of the festival. On stage we see a parade of icons (Hendrix, Joplin, Baez, and on), but in the open field she's painted one by one an endless expanse of people, young lovers, vendors, backpackers, parents and children... each one the center of their own Woodstock tale.
It's not often that an artist can offer through her own work a historic statement from a firsthand perspective, but in this one particular case, that is exactly what we have.