16 Aug 2019

Woodstock 50th anniversary of an iconic photo

From RNZ Music, 2:24 pm on 16 August 2019

1969 was an extraordinary year – The Vietnam war was beamed into America’s living rooms – the Apollo 11 astronauts planted a flag on the moon and back on earth, the Woodstock Festival took place on 15/16/17 August attracting a crowd of over 400,000 people and wrote itself into the history of music. 

Woodstock boxset

Woodstock boxset Photo: Atlantic Records

For Bobbi & Nick Ercoline it was a defining moment in their lives – They featured in an iconic photo taken by photographer Burk Uzzle as dawn rose and Jefferson Airplane took the stage on the Sunday morning. 

Unbeknown to Nick & Bobbi, the photo was included in a Woodstock pictorial in New York magazine and later on the cover of the triple Woodstock album. That’s when Bobbi & Nick first saw the photo and realized it was them.

Trevor Reekie tracks down Bobbi and Nick Ercoline (who married 2 years after Woodstock) and speaks to them about how that photo continues to enhance their lives 50 years later.