The founders of the Woodstock festivals are the latest piling criticism on this year's Republican National Convention.
New York-based Woodstock Ventures, which produced the 1969 festival as well as the 1994 and 1999 anniversary events, has issued a press release claiming the RNC logo is "strikingly similar" to Woodstock's; the latter's iconic trademark features a dove sitting on the neck of an acoustic guitar, while the RNC's sports an elephant standing on the neck of an electric guitar.
To be fair, though, the color schemes are different, and the guitars are pointing in different directions. Nevertheless, Woodstock Ventures is using the opportunity to ask the Republicans, "Why don't you consider incorporating some of our Woodstock Values into the RNC platform," citing equality, community, activism and environmental protection. "These are universal values that we encourage the RNC and all Americans to adopt in today's politically charge and chaotic times," Woodstock's Joel Rosenman says in a statement. "Our country could use a little more community, unity and love right now."
Woodstock co-producer Michael Lang said in a statement that, "Since Woodstock stands for world community, Woodstock does not endorse building walls between nations. Woodstock stands for equal rights, so we do not endorse prejudice or discrimination. Woodstock stands for equal opportunity for all of us, so we do not support tilting the playing field to favor the privileged few. If these principles, which Woodstock does not endorse, turn out to be the principles that make up the GOP platform, then our logo designs would be the only thing we have in common."
Woodstock Ventures has not indicated whether it plans to take any legal action related to the similarity between the two logos.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.