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Woodstock, Neil Diamond On TV

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Friday (Aug. 14) is a good night for settling in to watch — and listen to — some music on the small screen:

“Woodstock: Now & Then,” a collaboration between VH1 and the History Channel, debuts at 9 p.m. on VH1 and VH1 Classic. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple and executive produced by Woodstock organizer Michael Lang, the documentary combines performance and behind-the-scenes footage with newly filmed interviews with participants and attendees to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the landmark music festival. The special will debut on the History Channel at 8 p.m. Monday.

Neil Diamond fans can relive his latest tour when “Hot August Night: NYC” airs at 8 p.m. on CBS. The hour-long show features performances filmed during his four-night stand a year ago at New York’s Madison Square Garden, including favorites such as “America,” “Cherry, Cherry” and the inevitable “Sweet Caroline.” The entire show, meanwhile, is available on “Hot August Night/NYC,” a DVD and CD package that goes on sale today only at Wal-Mart properties. Besides the music, the set also includes the documentary “Welcome Home Neil,” in which he travels back to Brooklyn to visit the neighborhood where he grew up.

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