Peace, Love, and Woodstock 50

April 01, 2016 - By: Sarah Hovis

 Lately, reboots like
Fuller House and
Ghostbusters are all the rage. For an hour or two you can take a trip down nostalgia lane, but should you? Take for example, Woodstock. The festival that captured the spirit of a generation is turning 50 in 2019 and
Michael Lang, one of the driving forces behind the original, wants to recreate the magic. But is that a good idea? Woodstock originally took place in 1969 and was billed as
“Three Days of Peace and Music.” On a 600-acre diary farm in Bethel, New York, almost half a million people enjoyed performances by Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, The Grateful Dead, and
Jimi Hendrix’s unorthodox rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner”— all free of charge. In 1994, the festival’s 25th anniversary included original acts like Crosby, Stills and Nash (minus Young) alongside newer bands like Green Day—all for
$135 per ticket. By
Woodstock ’99 the spirit had morphed into anarchy as attendees set fires and looted ATMs and concession trucks. And since then there’s been silence on the subject… until now. What’s important to remember is that the original Woodstock was more than just a concert. It was a defining moment for a generation that was living in the midst of social upheaval and clung fiercely to the idealism that The Youngbloods sang about: “Everybody get together, try and love one another right now.” And given the fact you can
travel a hundred miles or more in any given direction and attend any number of summer music festivals, will the true meaning of Woodstock 50 even register with those attending, or simply get lost in the already overcrowded festival circuit? Perhaps it’s best to respect the legacy and move on. Tell us in the comments if you think recreating Woodstock is a good idea. Photo via:
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