Wouldn't it be cool to take a Classic Rock road trip close to home? Maybe you have already done that like I have. My son and I hunted for hours to find the Woodstock '94 festival site in Saugerties. Then you get there and it's just a big field. That's when a tour guide would come in handy.

There is a company called Rock Junket that is offering tours of Woodstock, New York. With stories about the legendary town and the artists that made it legendary. According to their site, their tour also takes you to the Bearsville Center Complex, Bearsville Theatre and the Todd Rundgren Utopia video studios.

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The tour sounds like it would be pretty interesting as they visit locations and tell the stories related to Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Janis Joplin and more. Tickets are $44 per person and the tour starts each Saturday afternoon at 2. Reserve your spot HERE.

I haven't taken the tour myself so I can't say for sure what they cover exactly but here are some Classic Rock facts from the town of Woodstock and the surrounding area:

George Harrison wrote the song 'I'd Have You Anytime' with Bob Dylan at Dylan's home in Bearsville. The song appeared on 'All Things Must Pass'.

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Van Morrison wrote much of the 'Tupelo Honey' album at his home in Woodstock, including 'Wild Night', 'Tupelo Honey' and 'Old Old Woodstock'.

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  • Rick Danko and Levon Helm of The Band are buried in Woodstock Cemetery
  • Eric Clapton came to Woodstock with the intention of joining The Band. He played with the guys at their home "Big Pink" in West Saugerties at 56 Parnassus Lane.
  • Big Pink, You can rent the house where The Band lived, recorded 'The Basement Tapes' with Dylan and was the inspiration for the album 'Music from the Big Pink'. Check out the listing HERE.
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  • Bob Dylan crashed his Triumph motorcycle July 1966 near Woodstock after leaving his manager, Albert Grossman's, home. It's a mysterious accident as Dylan chose to not go to a hospital but rather a doctor's home in Middletown, NY. Some speculate that he used the accident to escape the spotlight for a while.

The Bearsville complex was started by Grossman, who also managed Janis Joplin and a bunch more. Albert created Bearsville as a place for artists to live while recording music. Some of the 2,000 or so albums produced here were 'Bat Out of Hell' by Meatloaf, 'And Justice For All' by Metallica and 'Green' by R.E.M.

 

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