A little bit of history

A picture is worth a thousand words...

During one long, hot, rainy weekend in August of 1969, what happened on a dairy farm in upstate New York changed the course of rock music, and stamped an indelible image on American culture. But it didn’t start out that way. John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld, Michael Lang. A military man, a lounge band guitarist, a record label executive, a rock band manager. The business venture of these unlikely partners became part of the fabric of American history primarily because it was such a huge failure.

The Band took the stage at the Bethel, New York festival around 10 p.m. on Sunday night after passing storms led to a delay of several hours before the evening’s performances started. Yasgur’s Farm was in rough shape by that point in the weekend as recounted by Helm in his This Wheel’s On Fire memoir. “You kind of felt you were going into a war,” he wrote. “There weren’t any dressing rooms because they’d been turned into emergency clinics . . . The crowd was real tired and a little unhealthy.”

The Prints

A picture is worth a thousand words...

Elliott Landy is publishing a limited edition of fine art lithographic reproductions of two of the most famous Band photographs of all time. These two photos were featured on the album jackets of The Band’s first two albums, Music from Big Pink and The Band.

The image size of the prints are aproximately 12 x 18 inches on a 16 x 22 inch sheet. The photographs are printed in antique brown tones, to have the antique, earthy feeling, which they were intended to have when Elliott took them. These are his own comments on the prints:

Finally, after I rejected proof after proof after proof, and waited so many weeks, we have perfect reproduction quality of the two images. They are just the way I wanted them to look, in the beginning, years ago, and I cannot see any difference in visual quality between the prints we will be selling and the original photographic prints. In fact, the reproductions are a bit better, as I had some blemish spots digitally retouched. I must say I am happy about it.

Pricing

An edition of five thousand copies of each print will be sold, with a printed facsimile of Elliott’s signature making these prints look nearly identical with his archival photographic prints, which sell for hundreds of dollars more. The prices for the prints are $100 each, plus shipping and handling. In addition Elliott will individually sign a limited number of copies of these lithos, and these will cost $175 each.

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