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Everybody ready? Just a few more days 'til the 40th Anniversary of

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JR, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. JR

    JR Active Member

    Woodstock.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/arts/music/09pare.html?hp

    The sine qua non of rock concerts.

    The Vietnam war was at its peak, and after the Kennedy & Martin Luther King assassinations and the police riots at the Democratic Convention in Chicago, Woodstock was one of the few happy moments of the late 60's.

    No, I wasn't there. I was working that weekend but a bunch of my friends headed down.

    I'm sure their stories grow with the telling.

    When the hippie subculture surfaced en masse at Woodstock, two years after the Summer of Love, it was still largely self-invented and isolated. There were pockets of freaks in cities and handfuls of them in smaller towns, nearly all feeling like outsiders. For many people at the festival, just seeing and joining that gigantic crowd was more of a revelation than anything that happened onstage. It proved that they were not some negligible minority but members of a larger culture — or, to use that sweetly dated term, a counterculture.

    And four months later came Altamont.
     
  2. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Active Member

    "By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong, and everywhere was a song and a celebration ..."
     
  3. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Mud, rain, drugs and the idiots who organized it. It wasn't as much of a party as people romanticize it to be now.
     
  4. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    This is one event that's been anniversaried to death with the same shit about it repeated over and over every 5-10 years. No thanks.
     
  5. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    The story I'd like to see is of 10 kids who were conceived at Woodstock. Who are they, what are they doing at age 40, are any of their parents still alive, etc.
     
  6. JR

    JR Active Member

    Trust Hondo to take one of a generation's most memorable moments and come up with his patented, "Hey, you kids, get off my lawn"

    Did you come out of the womb a grumpy old man?
     
  7. JR

    JR Active Member

  8. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    Snoopy smiles.
     
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

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  10. dreunc1542

    dreunc1542 Active Member

    Here's a link to the trailer for "Taking Woodstock" by Ang Lee which comes out at the end of the month:

     
  11. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

  12. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    I was there. Had a good time, too. Left when it rained on Sunday, so I missed the mud part. Not too sorry.
    Many great performances, and a few clinkers (Grateful Dead had major equipment problems, 7 a.m. EDT was really not a time when Jefferson Airplane felt, looked or sounded their best).
    The Atlantic City Rock Festival earlier that summer at the old race track there was almost as good, if not as many acts. Last three acts were Janis Joplin followed by Ike and Tina Turner followed by Little Richard.
     
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