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Inside the Rock Hall's Woodstock 40th Anniversary Exhibit

July 2, 2009 7:16 PM ET

As the August anniversary of Woodstock approaches, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland is taking a look back at rock's historic fest in a new exhibit that opens tomorrow called "Woodstock: The 40th Anniversary." Go behind the scenes with curator Howard Kramer as he outlines some of its highlights — like the vest fest co-producer Michael Lang wore all three days of peace, love and rock & roll as well as the documents listing who was playing and how much they were paid. The exhibit, which runs through late November, also includes a press release from when the fest was scheduled to go down at Wallkill, New York ("Woodstock does not figure on gate crashers") and Lang's original handwritten plans for the event.

Plus, go inside the new book The Road to Woodstock in exclusive excerpts here:

"The Road to Woodstock": The Stories Behind Rock History

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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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