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For Immediate Release: Retrofest Endorsed By Artie Kornfeld, "Father of Woodstock

Friday, April 03, 2009:   One of the pinnacle influential people that has inspired Allan Spielman's efforts with Retrofest has been Artie Kornfeld, known by many as the "The Father of Woodstock" , the name given to him by the Woodstock Preservation Alliance. Together with Michael Lang , John Roberts and Joel Rosenman , he produced the "WOODSTOCK MUSIC & ART FAIR" in 1969 . Artie's efforts were single handedly responsible for the doing promotion, raising capital, signing the movie deal, and finding the alternative Bethel Site.

By the age of 23, Artie was already one of the top writers and producers, having worked at Roulette and Mercury and was the First Vice President of Rock Music at Capitol Records. As of today he has produced 120 platinum albums. Artists signed, promoted or developed by Artie Kornfeld include Sheryl Crow  Sarah McLachlan, Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, Melissa Etheridge, Billy Joel, John Fogerty, Santana, Kiss, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, The Band, Blondie, Bert Sommer, Bob Seger, J. Giles Band, Linda Ronstadt, Alanis Morissette, Lou Rawls, Joe Cocker, ZZ Top, Marshall Tucker, Greg Allman Band and many others.   Artie teamed with Jan Berry (of Jan & Dean fame) and Brian Wilson ( Beach Boys) to write major hits like Jan & Dean's "Dead Man's Curve
."One of the most remembered of Artie's hits was his writing of "The Rain, The Park, and Other Things," ( I Love the Flower Girl) a chart-topping single that went # 1 Worldwide. Artie's mark on the music world and all of us is indelible.

It has been Artie's continued concern for the world and his fellow person's well being that keeps him very busy even   today, earmarking proceeds from platinum albums and awards to help inner city children born with aids and cancer and helping to ease suffering in India, for example. He is currently working on effortssuch as the Spirit of the
Woodstock Nation for concerts  geared at helping struggling children and in support of President Obama in leveraging the energy of the Nation's four generations since Woodstock towards making our country a better place to be. Artie 's intent is to give a large amount of his music project profits to his planned Foundation to provide intervention, detox and rehab for free to children struggling with drug abuse. He is currently working on a new book and DVD
about his history, including "the Untold Story" of Woodstock '69.
It has been Artie's belief that the
Woodstock Nation's spirit is most viable when music is channeled towards the good of others. An example of a grassroots project that he endorses is the Retrofest Benefit Tribute Concerts ( www.retro69.net) being produced by Allan Spielman in New York. Retrofest  specializes in nonprofit charity productions featuring the music from the Festivals of the late 60s through early 70s. On Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 8:30pm 2:30am, Retrofest 20 will feature the music of Woodstock, just in time for the legendary event's 40th Anniversary. The fund-raiser for CancerCare will take place at Who-Ville Bar & Grill, located at 339 Broadway in Bethpage, Long Island, New York. Allan is very appreciative of the support and mentoring he has received from Artie , who has been a role model and inspiration to him and the other participants.

For more information about Artie and his upcoming book, please visit 
http://www.artiekornfeld-woodstock.com, www.myspace.com/artiekornfeld or www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1377135535



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