Original Large Woodstock Poster, 1969
First-printing, lithograph, Condition Very Good +
Framed: 40 3/4" tall x 27 7/8" wide
detail - bands
frame at angle
inside frame angle
close-up of frame
close-up of frame 2
Close-up of frame
First printing marker: Dot inside the "3"
First printing marker: Dot inside the "3" (another view)
First printing marker: Dot inside the "M"
First printing marker: Dot on left 3/4" to left of finger
Woodstock was billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music". It was held at Max Yasgur's farm in the Catskills near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969. During the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of 500,000 concert-goers. It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history. Rolling Stone listed it as one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.
The original location that the event was to be held was in Wallkill, New York, but four weeks before the date, the local zoning board banned the event. Sam Yasgur convinced his father, Max, to allow the event to be held on their 600-acre dairy arm in Bethel, New York. David Byrd had already designed a poster for the Wallkill location, but the abrupt change of venue called for a new poster design. Arnold Skolnick was pressed into action and the result is this — the most famous rock poster there is. One of the unique things about the Woodstock poster is that the band listings are all in alphabetical order with no one getting “top billing,” at least on the poster itself. This was unheard of in its day and took some doing given the attitudes of most of the bands, managers, and agents.
The popularity of this poster has led to countless forgeries and reprints. Suffice it to say that 99% of the Woodstock posters on eBay and other sites are not originals. The real posters have marks that have been found on all of the posters that came directly from Skolnick himself - we are happy to point them out for you in this piece.