Woodstock stage, 1969
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Pieces Of Woodstock's Original Wooden Stage Are Now Collectibles
After history was made by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who, and the rest of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival performers in August 1969, 15-year-old festivalgoer Steve Gold helped his girlfriend's dad move much of the wood on stage to a nearby bungalow colony. Now an experienced music entrepreneur, Gold rediscovered the abandoned boards that had supported the feet of the music legends as they made rock history. The pieces are now being offered as varied, collectible mementos under the banner "Peace of Woodstock Stage."
Gold began the search two years ago. The plywood was located and brought to Wood Science Consulting for authentication, and the manufacturer's logo, Weyerhaeuser, as well as distinctive paint patterns confirmed they were genuine.
"Whether you are a rock and roller like me," said Gold, "who was there or who lived through it, a Millennial who continues to be influenced by the music and artists who headlined the show, or you are somewhere in between, you can now own a piece of what is the most iconic work of construction in the annals of music."
Details of the varied collectible formats are at the Peace of Woodstock Stage website, including peace-sign pendants, a framed plaque and a desktop cube, with solid plywood pieces and a letter of authenticity from Wood Science Consulting. On the most affordable end, two-ounce bottles of sawdust will be put on sale for $19.95 — dubbed "Stardust" after the line in Joni Mitchell's song "Woodstock" where she sang, "We are stardust." A portion of the proceeds will benefit charities helping Vietnam veterans, the homeless and gun-reform advocacy.