This week on "Sunday Morning" (August 4)

Woodstock 1969

A view of the crowd at the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, Aug. 14, 1969, in Bethel, N.Y. Four hundred thousand people attended the three-day event.


Last Updated Aug 4, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

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Burk Uzzle's photograph of Nick and Bobbi Ercoline, huddled under a blanket at the 1969 Woodstock festival, became famous as the cover of the live album.  CBS News

RETROSPECTIVE: Woodstock at 50: A return to "ground zero for peace and love" | Watch Video
In the summer of 1969 a festival promising "three days of peace and music" was announced in upstate New York. Four hundred thousand people showed up at what would become a monumental human event. Jim Axelrod talks to a few of those who were there, from musicians John Fogerty and Graham Nash, to a young couple, Nick and Bobbi Ercoline, who returned for the first time in 50 years to the site of the festival, where in 1969 a photograph of them captured a unique moment in music history.

PREVIEW VIDEO: John Fogerty on the musical legacy of Woodstock
One of the founding members of Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty, talked with correspondent Jim Axelrod about his experience playing at the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in Bethel, N.Y., and how it inspired his 1970 classic, "Who'll Stop the Rain." 

WEB EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Graham Nash performs "Teach Your Children"
The singer-songwriter, who was a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and is still a member of the Woodstock generation, tells CBS News' Jim Axelrod he is "still a hippie … The basic ideas are that love is better than hatred, that peace is much better than war, that we have to take care of our fellow human beings 'cause this is all we have. Those tenets that were established then are still relevant to me today." Graham Nash performs his song "Teach Your Children."

FROM THE ARCHIVE: From 1979: Looking back at Woodstock (Video)
On the 10th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, "Sunday Morning" talked with some of those who were there: Singers David Crosby and David Crosby, of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Paul Kantner, of Jefferson Airplane, who performed on stage; and environmental advocate Mark Trautwein, who was among the vast sea of young people in attendance. Correspondent Lem Tucker reports. Originally broadcast on August 12, 1979.

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  • Footage from the documentary "Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music" licensed by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
  • "Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music" (1970), directed by Michael Wadleigh, released by Warner Brothers, available on Blu-ray/DVD (Amazon) and via Streaming (Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube)
  • Images © Barry Z Levine, courtesy of the photographer (, and © Burk Uzzle
  • John Fogerty
  • Graham Nash

The Woodstock festival | Watch Video

Woodstock, a little bird with flight issues but with steadfast loyalty to his pal Snoopy, from the comic strip "Peanuts."

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WEB EXTRA VIDEO: How to draw Woodstock the bird
There are tricks to drawing the faithful friend of Snoopy in Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" comic strip. Cartoonist Paige Braddock gave correspondent Luke Burbank some pointers.

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Woodstock: Sign of the times | Watch Video
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A new box set contains virtually every minute of audio - much of it never heard before - from the 1969 Woodstock festival, totaling 36 hours. CBS News

"SUN SPOTS": The sounds of Woodstock reborn | Watch Video
A new CD box set, "Woodstock 50: Back to the Garden," captures virtually every minute of audio from the 1969 music festival, from the performers to P.A. announcements and audience interactions. "Sunday Morning" producer Sara Kugel talked with music producer Andy Zax and audio engineer Brian Kehew about canvassing the contents of the Warner Music Vault in Los Angeles to create a magnum opus chronicling an unparalleled event in music history.

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A reproduction of the VW "Light Bus," which was immortalized by a photographer at the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. VW

RESTORATION: A Woodstock icon recreated: The VW "Light Bus"
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