Music Article

Woodstock '94

A summary of the music festival's aftermath

One thing I know: Whoever organized this was a buckethead,'' said one state trooper directing traffic at Woodstock '94 (see review on page 108). The show's promoters, Woodstock Ventures, would likely disagree. They expect to make a ''small profit'' on this trip back to the garden. But small by whose standards? More than 190,000 tickets were sold (at $135 each), while the profits from pay per view ($5 million-$8 million) and the upcoming CD, video, and film are still to be counted. Other numbers from the much-hyped weekend:

*There were no official tallies on how much food was sold, but one vending area grossed $400,000 the first day.

*Once vendors shut down on Sunday, everything but the 840-acre Winston Farm was for sale. Among the collectibles: Peace Patrol security T-shirts ($100- $500) and Peace & Love pizza boxes ($1).

*Despite drug-sniffing dogs, illegal substances made the scene. Pot: $2-$5 a joint. Acid: $3-$10 a hit. Ecstasy: $20-$25.

*Then there was cleanup. It will take 150 workers, 50,000 bags, and 20,000 pairs of rubber gloves to collect the estimated 1 million pounds of garbage. Will Saugerties — the New York town that was offered a performing-arts center by the promoters for hosting Woodstock '94 — do it again in 2019? ''We need a day of rest,'' says town clerk Eleanor DeForest, ''but I'm sure in 25 years we'll be ready.'' *

Originally posted Aug 26, 1994 Published in issue #237-238 Aug 26, 1994 Order article reprints
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