LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mick Richards was among the 450,000 people at Woodstock in 1969, but he did not think much about his “uneventful” 24 hours there until years later, when his teenage son started asking about the festival.
That set Richards, a former rock drummer, on a 27-year journey of research, leading to the documentary “Creating Woodstock,” now out on DVD and on demand.
Richards talked with Reuters about the film, which features hours of interviews, rare footage and tales about why the Grateful Dead wanted a do-over, how the stage nearly collapsed, and how Jimi Hendrix almost did not make it.
The following are edited excerpts of the conversation:
Q: What are some of the myths about Woodstock that the film challenges?
A: A lot of people thought Woodstock was a disaster, that it was completely unplanned and nobody knew what they were doing. Our film completely debunks that. The people who put the festival on were the finest production talent anywhere. They had it…
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