In light of the failed marketing blitz behind Woodstock II, is it even possible
anymore to sell-out the once-idealistic hippie happening? Alan Gerry seems to
think so. The Bethel, New York resident, founder of the private investment
company Granite Associated, L.P., recently bought the 40-acre field that housed
the Summer of Love festival, in addition to 1,000 additional acres in the
surrounding area according to an Associated Press story this week.
Gerry, who expressed the popular myth that "the magic that created
Woodstock remains a very special part of our nation's heritage," announced
plans on Wednesday (April 23) to erect a year-round performing arts center on
Gerry referred to his acquisition as a "worldwide known
destination point" that has remained a touchstone nearly thirty years after the
1969 festival. Although the former cable television mogul said he has no
immediate plan for the land, skeptics were quick to defend the sacred spot.
Abigail Storm of the Woodstock Nation Foundation, a group founded last
year with the mission of securing and maintaining the land, said "that 38 acres
has become like a church to many people from around the world. We want people
to be able to come here and express themselves. We hope that they will be able
to pray in their very own way and not have to pay."
Does the phrase "let
it go" mean anything to these people?