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Video highlights Woodstock stamp dedication

The recent Woodstock stamp dedication ceremony is highlighted in a new Postal Service video.

The stamp honors the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Music and Art Fair held in August 1969 in Bethel, NY. The festival was promoted as “3 Days of Peace and Music.”

Featuring such performers as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead, Woodstock closed a tumultuous decade scarred by the assassinations of prominent leaders, urban unrest and anti-war protests.

The video shows guitarist “Captain” Kirk Douglas of the Roots recreating the electrifying version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that Hendrix performed at the festival.

Also featured are remarks from the ceremony’s speakers, including Michael Lang, a co-creator and producer of the 1969 festival.

“Woodstock has always been about activism, celebrating diversity and positive social change,” he says.

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