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The Story Behind The Volkswagen “Light Bus”

The story behind the Volkswagen “Light Bus”

CuriosityStream, the documentary streaming and on-demand service from the founder of Discovery Channel, debuts the story behind the Volkswagen “Light Bus” today. Produced in whole by Arcadia Content, THE WOODSTOCK BUS film follows the story of unlikely friends and fans working together to find and resurrect the original Light Bus.

In the late 1960s, Dr. Robert (Bob) Hieronimus traveled with Elektra Records and recording artists like Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, and Janis Joplin to design posters and album covers. Dr. Hieronimus, a well-known muralist and painter, created “Apocalypse”, which was completed in the late 60s at the Johns Hopkins University. He also painted The “Historic Views of Baltimore 1752-1857” mural in 1976, and it’s now housed in the War Memorial Building Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Hieronimus’ most famous artcar was a specific Volkswagen bus best known as the “Woodstock bus”, on display at the 1969 Woodstock festival. In 2009, a diecast model of the bus was produced by Sunstar Diecast to celebrate Woodstock’s 40th anniversary.

Originally named for the band “Light” that owned a 1963 Standard Microbus, Dr. Hieronimus painted the Woodstock bus in 1968. At some point, however, the van disappeared and was never found again.

After exhaustive efforts to locate the original came up short, Dr. Hieronimus teamed up with Canadian documentarian John Wesley Chisholm and began a Kickstarter fund to construct a replica. Volkswagen of America contributed to the cause to help the duo meet their campaign goal and bring the restoration project to fruition.

The documentary premiere coincides with the official start to the Light Bus’ journey back to New York for a 50th anniversary of Woodstock celebration. THE WOODSTOCK BUS will be available on CuriosityStream starting today here.

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