Thursday, October 11, 2007

Grandpa Woodstock



Why is it that moviegoers, filmmakers, the press, lovers of live music and tons of other people flock each year to the Woodstock Film Festival each year?

Well, first off, it's the films. There are lots of them. Second off, it's the scene, which is very inviting. And there is also the fall colors, which manage to entice even when the sky is gray and the air is damp, as it is today in Woodstock.

But there is also the magic of Woodstock....that rebellious, artistic spirit from the last two centuries, that drew mavericks and artists of all types to this very special spot of global coordinates.

But in 1969 there was this little festival about 80 miles away, called the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair, that changed America forever, gave the counter-culture their opportunity to draw a line in the sand and delivered three days of pretty incredible music.

The Town of Woodstock, where promoter Michael Lang lives, and whose goal for holding the festival was to raise capital to open a recording studio in Woodstock, has been, for better or worse, living off the reputation of that festival for nearly 40 years. I think that's a great thing. I've done an awful lot of writing and reporting on that festival and it seems to me that just about all the reports, from musicians, organizers, cops who worked there and even a guy I met whose job it was to escort a sandwich truck in each day, while packing heat, are that it went off swimmingly.

Peace. Love. Music. (Or movies!)
Those are good things.
And peace and love were what Grandpa Woodstock was talking about just a few minutes ago at the edge of the village green in Woodstock, where Tinker Street meets Mill Hill Road. He was decked out like a wizard, hand in the air, two fingers outstretched making the peace sign.

I asked him for his name. "Grandpa Woodstock," he tells me. He is 63 and comes from "the other side of the mountain."

I then asked him what was the one thing he remembered the most about the Woodstock festival....his reply, "If you remember Woodstock, you weren't there!"

I asked him what he was doing at the edge of the village green in downtown Woodstock, fingers stretched in the air, with the peace sign..
"Spreading peace and love."
Why?
"That's what the world needs today and that's what Woodstock was all about."

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

I met Grangpa Woodstock, and he is a wonderfull friendly man, we sat and had lunch 2gather, I learned alot from him, as well as from people who know him. He grew up right here in Bristol Ct, he use to drive a bus and has plenty of family here, and I come to learn he loves Lemon Merange Pie. He had 2 pieces when we enjoyed lunch togather, I am sure glad I met him, cause he gave me plenty to think about and look 4ward 2 in life... jerseyjem@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I was told that this "Grandpa Woodstock" is no more then a bum and that yes he has family in Bristol, but that he left his children and never payed a penny of support for any of them. I also was told that he likes to pick up young girls. All is never quite what it seems to be.

Anonymous said...

He abused all of his children and they all have psychological problems because of it. He's nothing more than an over-drugged bum.

Anonymous said...

fuck all of you in brstol ct miss and love red love angel

Anonymous said...

I've known this man all my life
he's the most thoughtful wonderful person. He loves all his children and others as well. You all know him as Grandpa Woodstock and I know him as Allen Richardson aka Red. He drove Willy and Little Willy and his Bus. I have great memories of him. and He will always be my friend. I love you more then ever
My best friend Red

Love
Angel Starr

Anonymous said...

grandpa woodstock stayed with me for several months last year. he is a beautiful person with a heart of gold. i will be a lucky man to make more friends as wonderful as he.

Anonymous said...

He is a loser that is a piece of crap

Anonymous said...

I met Grandpa at nationals this year and he is the shit!! Such a nice guy, I talked to him several times throughout the gathering and he always had a smile on his face and was always throwing his peace sign. He showed me an old newspaper article with a picure of him on it riding his bike (that was all decked out and had different little carts pulled behind it) across the country. He's awesome **REALITY IS MERELY AN ILLUSION**

Anonymous said...

great grandpa woodstock is on Route 6 on the day of June 16th 2008 in Wyalusing Pa and is heading to wyoming state to an event and if anyone is going and driving through route 6 hes stuck && would appreciate a ride. he has enough gas money to help

Anonymous said...

everyone drop your peace pipe grandpa woodstock is stuck in wyalusing pa and needs a ride to the gathering he has money for gas , lend a hand to man with a good cause

sherrieshe said...

Grandpa Woodstock is still stuck in Wyalusing PA, he has been stranded there since Saturday June 14th. His moped is broken down, he is hoping that someone will come by that knows how to fix it so that he can be on his way once again. I was able to visit with him for a while yesterday. He is a wonderful man full of happyness and always has a smile on his face. I feel blessed to have met him. He posed for a vew photos always with the piece sign and always with a smile. He loves to have his photo taken and enjoys meeting new people. If anyone can help him fix his moped please drop by and help or if going his way i am sure he would enjoy a ride.

Anonymous said...

You people have no clue as to the monster this guy really is. I heard the truth right from his ex-wife! So you think you know someone just because he appears to be one way. You people need to open your eyes and heed the facts. If not, thats on you all!

slaptember said...

i read alot about G.Woodstock some good and some bad but hey you never know what some one is like till you know them like really know them and to the Ex-wife coments well how menny people do you really know that talk all nice about the other one there is always hate there so really give it a brak all the people that i have talked to and that i have read it like 90% good to 10%bad so all i have to say is good luck G.woodstock in all you do from some one in laceyvill PA and to any one out ther if your going his way give a hand you never know when it will be you neading the help PEACE LOVE AND HAPPYNESS

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should research about the people that you put up here for "Love and Peace." If you even came close to knowing the real "Grandpa Woodstock" aka Red Richardson. This man is despicable in every sense of the word. I know of three of his children that are psychologically damaged beyond repair because of what their father has done to them. Including the worst sort of child abuse one can imagine. He also has multiple other sets of children from other women, who are irreversibly damaged because of his abuse. He caused his children to live in squalor conditions, often without proper food or clothing, just to support his drug habits. He is a serious drug addict, who would often put his children in seriously sick situations. He is NOT the "Cool Hippie" with the moto "Peace & Love" that he preaches. The type of "Love" that he offers DOES NOT belong between a father and his children. Just ask some of his 7 or more kids what kind of man this "Grandpa Woodstock" really is and you might NOT be idolizing him!
SHAME ON HIM for even calling himself a good man, he's anything but GOOD! This is such a rotten thing to do to idolize a man that has,for over 30 yrs. treated children like animals. His very own flesh and blood too. Can you imagine having to call this your parent? A man that makes his children live in filth , underfed, underclothed. Not even getting all of their shots. T. B. infected one of his children whom he neglected to get shots for.Does anyone do any investigating at all?? Spreading PEACE?? more like spreading disease, and abuse.


You should RESEARCH the disgusting pigs you idolize.

Anonymous said...

He’s a bum , wyalusing , he’s back , so much for his long trips , keep giving the shit money and food , you have the thing now , wyalusing you deserve this…..hope it brings its other bums here with it.

ASH said...

peace and love grandpa woodstock!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

okay i have met this guy a couple of times...i also was close to one of his sons... his children are not psychologically damaged beyond repair...they all are good people with alot of potential and they all learned from their fathers mistakes and dont intent to repeat them...some may love grandpa woodstock while others hate him...think what you may ...but i would never choose to acknowledge that hes a good person...hes made mistakes and done nothing to fix them...what kind of a father leaves his children and wife behind to smoke pot and travel around the us and be a bum

Anonymous said...

I just met him at the PA gathering. He is really into letting his weiner hang out. Kinda gross especially cause there was little kids running around. His old lady should shave that goatee which is also pretty gross.

Anonymous said...

I read through all the comments, but when i got to the bottom one, i couldn't go silent. His 'old lady' who should 'shave her beard' is one of the most kind, patient, loving elders that i have ever had the honor to meet. I honor sister Astar as a grandmother. I love them both. Grandpa is beautiful...even if he has made mistakes. Also...don't believe everything you hear, and only half of what you see! There is so much more than your limited judgements.

Anonymous said...

I have to say, it would a much better experience meeting Grandpa Woodstock for the first time if he wasn't standing on a stool in the middle of a field with his wang hanging out for all the world to see. A little disturbing.

Anonymous said...

im telling you people ...feed a stray and they keep coming back..now he is back and brought more with him...really nice this man lives like a bum..no job no home no life just wanders around with no shame taking handouts...they r a bunch of burnt out pot smokers and the town of wyalusing is acepting them!!!

Anonymous said...

All you cowards with negative comments and absolutely nothing posted as evidence, why is it that you post Anonymous ?

Anonymous said...

Grandpa wiener and that other dude with the goatee he hangs out with are some serious strange rangers even for rainbows.
Dude was walking around with hog hanging out right in front of little kids !!! NO shit !!! That is criminal.
He freaked me out. I unfortunately talked with him and dude had the worst breath I ever smelled. I actually gagged, tried to fight but I just about hurled.

Grandpa Woodstrock, his little buddy with the goatee and his wiener are gross as fuck.

Gonna search him on Megans list to see if what I hear is true

Anonymous said...

The posts about Grandma Woodstock's beard and about Grandpa Woodstock's nudity are a result of an obviously, deeply learned and ingrained cultural/societal taboo. That those who posted these comments don't recognize that is pretty telling about their ability to think for themselves. My young son is not ashamed of his body and walks around naked regularly. He doesn't flinch at others' nakedness either. What are you so scared of? Nudity disturbing? Don't worry about your outsides; your insides are showing.

Anonymous said...

The posts about Grandma Woodstock's beard and about Grandpa Woodstock's nudity are a result of an obviously, deeply learned and ingrained cultural/societal taboo. That those who posted these comments don't recognize that is pretty telling about their ability to think for themselves. My young son is not ashamed of his body and walks around naked regularly. He doesn't flinch at others' nakedness either. What are you so scared of? Nudity disturbing? Don't worry about your outsides; your insides are showing.

LB said...

the human body is beautiful. so beautiful in fact that its been the subject of various forms of art for ages ancient fertility sculptures,depictions of gods, paintings throughout history- it is natural and beautiful in every form. And Astar is beautiful. To talk like that about someone so warm and loving is pathetic-especially being the anonymous man/woman behind the E-curtain..
and dude, if you're at freakin' Nationals and you cant handle some nakedness maybe you shouldn't be there. go back to bisco buddy.

Anonymous said...

SWAG, nuff said.

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even help me move my shit in.are u still on facebook? i cudnt find ui was soo confused.anyways im gonna need someone to show me the town and take me out so u better be around bebe.we only chatted a couple times but i remember thinking to myself i wanted to get ot know u better when i was single..a nd i thoguth u were cute to but cudnt tell u cause i wasnt
single lol...ok so more info about me.. well im 23.. virgo.. love the outdoors and love to socialize, go out for drinks, restaurants,movies etc.travel.i have a lil kitty named BOO and i luv her to death.uh oh im a super horny gurl to but every gurl is they just wont admit it. so ilove watching p0rn and all that. love sex etc.who doesnt.I really hope we get a chance to chat for a bit either online or on the fone before i get there next week.. i hope u remmeber me and still wanna chill and arent married yet lol.. OH YA also. i need to find a job when i get there. do u have any hookups or know anybody hiring? id LOVE
to work in a bar or osmehting like that.really anythgin cause my current job is fun and all.and technically i CUD keep doign it but i want a change.. i currently work from home and well thats cool but i need ot be out meeting people.. oh wait. i dont think i ever actually told u
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Anonymous said...

Red aka Grandpa .. beat his children and step children beyond repair .. can you say neglected, I wish I could go back and save those kids .. who knows what else they saw and went through .. this nice guy you all think you know, is a lie in disguise .. and I hope all you free lover's had your std's checked .. because when he was hopping around Connecticut 20 years ago he was passing an irreversible disease around .. this is one person the earth would be better off without ..

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Anonymous said...

i've known Grandpa and his wife Estar for some time now. even spent some time camping in their backyard when i had no place to go. i can't say he didn't abuse his children, or he didn't spend a good few decades addicted to drugs and living a bum-ish lifestyle. But what people everywhere have to realize is that Grandpa Woodstock is merely a character, a pipe dream that he thought up. and its a pipe dream that seems to work for him. in his mind he's not the man Red was, but i don't doubt the past crosses his mind now and then. weather or not he messed up royally in his past, i can say he is a decently nice and generous guy today, and he doesn't deny his past addiction problems. and on top of that he's not completely a bum, he has a house he lives in with Estar, and he doesn't ask for handouts, hes handed them by tourists and others alike who are intrigued by his eccentric clothing style and ideas, mainly as donations for pictures that people take with him. and might i add that we all know how drugs and alcohol affect peoples mentality, its not an excuse for things that have been done, but i know this man isn't all there upstairs and probably hasn't been for a long time. but overall no matter what he does there will always be a negative view of this man, and there will always be a positive view as well. to those who don't know him personally, he's interesting and a sight to behold, but like people have said, hes not one to idolize, he's only human just like everyone else. and humans deserve their opposition just as much as their redemption