Wanna Woodstock

Poster for Woodstock

On this day, 37 years ago, was the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival at Bethel, New York. I guess you can call that a never-before-never-again event. With the sort of commercialization there is today, I don’t think there can ever be such a celebration of gaiety, freedom and Art. The most interesting thing about it was that

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Though the show had been planned for a maximum 50,000 attendees, over 500,000 eventually attended, most of whom did not pay admission. The highways leading to the concert were jammed with traffic and people as they abandoned their cars and walked for miles to the concert area. The weekend was rainy, facilities were overcrowded, and attendees shared food, alcoholic beverages, and drugs. Local residents of this modest tourist-oriented area gave blankets and food to some concertgoers. However, no violence was reported and the fact that attendees were remarkably well behaved was particularly noted.

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Wish I’d been there, listening to The Who and Jimi Hendrix……….instead of spending half the day today stuck in a traffic jam for nine hours in the middle of a forest.

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just your average books-and-music person who wants to change the world.
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2 Responses to Wanna Woodstock

  1. aJ says:

    Well it’d happened once in the 90’s and who knows, might happen again soon 😉

  2. wanderlust says:

    that wasnt a success, was it? the admission was like $150, people complained of severe lack of facilities, and the whole thing just went limp.
    even if people did attempt to reinstate it, it’d be just another imitation.

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