Tuesday, August 07, 2007
You can own Woodstock
Max Yasgur's farm for sale
The farm that hosted the most famous rock festival of all time, Woodstock, is for sale ... although you won't be able to buy the actual field where the music came alive in 1969.
Max Yasgur's old 103-acre farm near Bethel, N.Y., is on the block for $8 million. The parcel includes Max's original 2,000-square-foot farmhouse, a 5,000-square-foot home and a huge barn. The field where it happened already belong to the Bethel Center for the Arts and isn't for sale.
Now, what would you do with such a rock 'n' roll relic? Invite Country Joe and the Fish for drinks? Spread the rumor that the farmhouse is haunted by the ghosts of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia and Keith Moon? Set up a soy and granola stand out by the road? Hire the guys from Sha-Na-Na to shovel cow manure? Ask Joe Cocker to come in through the bathroom window?
As much as I'd love to share a bottle of wine with Grace Slick on the porch, if I had $8 million to spend on a rock souvenir (or a jet or an island or a small African country), I might pick Graceland.