by VVN Music
Woodstock Ventures, the partnership that controls all things related to the original Woodstock Festival in 1969, has questioned the logo being used for the 2016 Republican Convention.
The gathering is taking place this week in Cleveland and the party's official logo shows the blue silhouette of an electric guitar with an red elephant walking on the neck. The city's Falls Communications designed the logo.
Woodstock Ventures calls out the similarity to the dove standing on the neck of a guitar that was the official logo for the Woodstock festival. The guitars are going in two different directions between the two logos.
Joel Rosenman, co-founder of Woodstock Ventures and co-producer of the 1969 show, said "For almost 50 years, the Woodstock Dove & Guitar logo has symbolized, and resonated with, those who believe in equality, community, activism and environmental protection. These are universal values that we encourage the RNC, and all Americans, to adopt in today's politically charged and chaotic times. Our country could use a little more community, unity and love right now."
The Woodstock values are:
- Community: We are all in this world together. We all depend on each other, need one another, and we all benefit from a peaceful, loving, caring co-existence. It's the Golden Rule, applied to all living things.
- Equality: Everyone deserves equal treatment and equal opportunity, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age or sexual preference.
- Environmental Responsibility: We must protect our planet and its ecosystem from the dangers of climate change, diminishing biodiversity, the squandering of natural resources, and man-made pollution.
- Activism: Wherever there is injustice or unfairness in the world, it is our responsibility to take peaceful action, both separately and in groups, to make things better.
- Music. Woodstock will always be about music.
Michael Lang, co-founder of Woodstock Ventures and co-producer of the Woodstock Festival added, "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 a 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."