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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