In 1994, the 25th anniversary of Woodstock was celebrated by a new generation of performers and fans who aimed at recreating the original ideology and feeling of community, peace, and music through a large music festival. The wide range of bands was truly reflective of the most popular artists of the time, and the event was critically praised as a concert. However times had changed and the concerts were marred by violent incidents, and discontinued after a second event in 1999.
Joe Sia was a shooting star, a genuine, hands-down, everyone-agrees-on-this star at shooting [photographs], and his departure from this planet in 2003 at the tender age of 57 was too soon for a man of his talent. Born in the Bronx and a committed Yankees man, Joe loved music and gravitated around the Fillmore East and the flower-power youth-culture rock scene from whence he set out to capture some of the most incredible sounds of the last half-century. How could Joe capture sounds on camera film? He did it by focusing on the faces of the performers and the woozing-oozing crowd and by giving the background, whether simple or wild, the importance it deserved in defining the artist and event. Sia's entire archive consists more than a quarter of a million photographs that document almost 35 years of music genre and giants.