Symposium

You are invited to submit abstracts for papers to an international symposium dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. The symposium will be held from April 5 through 7 at Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, capping off a week-long series of events honoring the anniversary. To submit an abstract, please go to our Call for Papers page, where you can find the submission form and guidelines.

Opening Keynote with Henry Diltz

The symposium will kick off with an opening keynote by Henry Diltz, official photographer at Woodstock, for all symposium attendees on the evening of Friday, April 5. Further information on this event will be released as the symposium approaches.

Diltz is a music photographer who shot more than 200 album covers and thousands of publicity shots in the ‘60s and ‘70s, including the iconic Morrison Hotel photo for the Doors as well as photos of musical legends such as the Eagles; Neil Young; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Jackson Browne; and Jimi Hendrix, among many others. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Life, People, and Rolling Stone, among other publications.

A popular musician in the '60s, Diltz never set out to take some of the most iconic photos of our era—it just happened. Fresh from a globetrotting childhood, he attended colleges in Munich, Germany; West Point, Utah; and Honolulu, Hawaii, where he became known as a musician and founding member of the Modern Folk Quartet, a group once produced by Phil Spector. This led to many friendships with emerging recording artists in the California rock communities of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Immersed in this world, he accidentally discovered a passion for photography, which turned into an obsession and, later, an occupation. Today, his archive is handled by Corbis as he continues to document the music scene from his base in Southern California.

Program Committee Members

  • Alex Ludwig, Chair
  • Alicia Bower
  • Patrick Burke 
  • Patricia Peknik
  • Ron Reid