'We've decided to go classical with the festival this year, maybe a string quartet, more contemporary, like Morton Feldman? Very avant-garde'.Dialogue from Ang Lee's new film Taking Woodstock, that's the theatrical release poster above. The festival that's going classical is Elliot Tiber's White Lake arts and music event which became the Woodstock Festival after plans to hold the concert in nearby Wallkill were blocked by the town's residents. The Earthlight Theatre Troupe did make it from the White Lake festival to the big one, but sadly Morton Feldman's music did not. Probably for the reason that the dialogue in the impressively researched film does not seem to be in Elliot Tiber's book of the same title on which the film is based. However the connection is plausible as Elliot Tiber studied art at Brooklyn College with Mark Rothko, and Morton Feldman's music was influenced by Rothko's paintings, including of course his choral work Rothko Chapel - see CD below. Morton Feldman and the Woodstock Festival may not have come together, but the equally unlikely combination of Pete Seeger and Benjamin Britten did.
Image credit Wikipedia. I bought and enjoyed Elliot Tiber's book Taking Woodstock some time before Ang Lee's equally enjoyable film was made. Taking Woodstock was borrowed on DVD from Norwich Library. The New Albion CD of Morton Feldman's music was bought at retail. Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as "fair use", for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Report broken links, missing images and errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk