Woodstock and the others, Fifty photographs of peace, love and music
October 3, 2019 to October 29, 2019
The Carlo Azeglio Ciampi Exhibition Center, Via dei Pucci 16, Florence; free admission.
Exhibition conceived by Marco Ferri, curated by Amalie R. Rothschild and Marco Ferri, and coordinated by Jacopo Celona
More than 50 photographs – in large format and mostly unseen in Italy – to relive some of the major rock music events of 1969 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival.
The photographs of internationally noted photographer and director Amalie R. Rothschild who was on staff at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969, narrate the four days during which the major exponents of rock music of the 1960s performed.
The protagonists of the exhibition “Woodstock and the Others” are also other great events of rock music which took place in that one and only inimitable year of 1969 – the Newport Festival (July), the Isle of Wight (September), the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden (November) and various concerts at the Fillmore East throughout the year including Jimi Hendrix’s New Year’s Eve show December 31, 1969 – during which the photographer-director shot innumerable photos which today are part of the history of music as well as an entire generation.
The exhibition route is as follows
First Room “Woodstock”: Photographs which bear witness to the before-during-after of the Woodstock Festival
Second Room “Other Events”: Black and white and color photographs taken at the Newport Festival with James Brown, B.B. King and Miles Davis, the Isle of Wight with The Who and Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & company along with Tina Turner and Janis Joplin.
Third Room: The Fillmore East Live dedicated to Bill Graham’s New York theater where Amalie R. Rothschild was on staff as part of the Joshua Light Show and made pictures of many great music events and stars like Joni Mitchell, Santana, the Grateful Dead, The Who’s American premiere of their rock opera “Tommy,” and Jimi Hendrix and Band of Gypsys New Year’s Eve concert on December 31, 1969.
The exhibition is presented under the auspices of the XII Florence Biennale, Exposition of International Contemporary Art and Design, the U.S. Consulate of Florence, and the Association of Italian-Israeli Friendship of Prato Pistoia Firenze, with the sponsorship of Angelo Pontecorboli Editore.