16
Feb 12

Artie Kornfeld

This is one man who needs no introduction. He has inspired generations of musicians and was the man behind the design and production of the Carparelli Spirit of 69 Guitar. The co-founder of the original Woodstock he was the promoter for booking all of the great bands who supplied generations to follow with music that will never die. He is truly a genius and an icon of Americana.


 

Artie got his first guitar in 1956 and learned the basics. Pretty much the 4 or 5 chord standard song compilations of the times. He soon found himself with a record deal and attended Adelphi College and American University where he met various other musicians.

In 1965 Artie and his friend Steve Duboff got together to write and record an American classic 'the Pied Piper'. He was also a writer of gigantic proportions and some of his most famous songs went on to be performed by Jan & Dean singing 'Deadman's Curve'and 'The Rain, The Park, and Other Things'performed by the Cowsills.

When Artie Kornfeld and Michael Lang became best friends in 1968 and Lang eventually moved in with Artie and his wife Linda, the idea of Woodstock was still a dream. The effort of four men: Artie Kornfeld, Michael Lang, Joel Rosenman, and John P. Roberts through Woodstock Ventures made the 1969 music festival a possibility.

Kornfeld's dedication to the Woodstock ideals did not end with the festival. Known as "The Father of Woodstock", a title given to him by the Woodstock Preservation Alliance, he played a big role in helping save the Woodstock site from being built upon when the Max Yasgur farm was sold. Kornfeld is also responsible for putting the Academy Award winning Warner Brother's documentary together. Much of the historical documentation of Woodstock is supplied by the acts featured in the film which Kornfeld had to all convince to appear. He is in the movie so much because backstage, he was solely in charge of getting the performers to sign what were basically blank contracts prior to going on stage. He also hired the award winning director Michael Wadleigh to shoot the film. We all owe it to Artie for gathering the famous lineup of performers that we still listen to and cherish today. Even though the venus was booked, the tickets issued there were no acts lined up. It was Artie who lined up every single performer and band that made Woodstock the concert of the century.

Far after the historical Woodstock festival, Artie Kornfeld has taken the ideals of the counterculture and put them into practice in a modern day setting. He has spent 40 years speaking to schools, organizations, and universities on the true meaning behind Woodstock.

The embodiment of the Woodstock Nation has used his career pre and post Woodstock 1969 to convey the true meaning to those with open minds and ears. Kornfeld has done over 5,000 radio interviews and hosts his own show aptly titled "The Spirit Show" with Artie Kornfeld in which he reaches the ears of over 1,000,000 listeners in 20 different countries every Tuesday at 10pm EST.

Artie continues to be active in the music scene and we at Carparelli Guitars are extremely humbled to be associated with a man who not only changed the music scene forever but changed the world forever. Recently CEO Mike Carparelli had the chance to spend 3 glorious days with this incredible human being and described it as 'beyond inspirational'. Without Artie most of the music you listen today would no exist.

From the rolling hills of upstate New York to every Record Label, every performance venue, every artist and ever person who enjoys music has been touched by the man whether they know it or not. The world of music owes a huge gratitude to the man who not only brought us the most famous acts to Woodstock but continued on to promote musicians from all genres.

Our hats off to you Artie and Thank You for the millions of lives you have touched, including ours at Carparelli Guitars. Your heart and soul are in every one of our Spirit of 69 guitars and we are proud to share your vision and your everlasting love of music.

 

Official Website The Artie Kornfeld Show