As the Bible says “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under
Heaven”. Woodstock 1969, it was a time for love ... and hate. In a country with race
riots and the Vietnam war a single dove perched on a guitar neck changed America for
ever and brought a new light to the world in just 72 hours. Dubbed “three days of peace
and love” the legacy of Woodstock spawned a sequel...Woodstock 1999. To go into all
the differences between Woodstock 69 and Woodstock 99 is a task that couldn’t be
completed by Woodstock 2004(which is already in the works). From psychedelic fields
to Wall Street; materialistic movers and shakers of the 1980’s ...view middle of the document...
How does a
generation tell the last generation of warrior that they don’t want to fight. The war
started by the older generation is not their war. They ban together or they come together
in what can only be described as a “happening” the proportions of which no one could
have predicted. The peaceful shock waves of which were heard around the world, the
harmony and love of which we have been trying to recapture since.
The two events started the same way producers and promoters getting talent for
the show and figuring how much to charge and how much they would make. The security
was minor at Woodstock “69 who was going to storm the gates and fences installed, little
did they know. They hiked rides they walked they came from all across the country and
down came the fences. This wasn’t going to happen in ’99 they knew word was out
security was tight. No one would get in without tickets. the attendance, Woodstock 69,
expected attendance 150,000 actual attendance 450,000, ’99 350,000 actual 350,000.
One of the most common comparisons made between Woodstock ‘69 and
Woodstock’ 99 is that in’ 69 peace reined and violence was gone, in ’99 the media made
it seem like there were all out terrorist acts being committed and “teenage angst” was the
cause of fires and pillaging of concession stands. This is not entirely true. The only
reason the events at 99 seemed so terrible was because the media was to busy comparing
99 to 69. The original Woodstock was a music festival for peace love and music. It was
during the time that the Vietnam war was going on. Mothers were sending there children
off to war. On the news you would see stories of women being raped and men being
killed. “The war was away from home, there were clear sides...the good guys and the bad
guys” (strawberryfaygo,3). People know who and what to fear. Now today the war is at
home, it’s everywhere you look. “ No longer can we be sure of who to trust and where is
safe, the lines are blurred”(strawberryfaygo,2). We commonly see people opening fire on
innocent people in schools, businesses, and churches. And the sad thing is it isn’t
paranoia, it’s reality. This is what caused the “angst”, this is what caused the fear, this is
what caused the hate. Considering the world we live in today, Woodstock 99, as horrible
as the media made it, was a more fitting Woodstock for our times.
If Woodstock 69 was about peace and love and it just grew out of the need of the
teens of the time to get together, then it is fitting to say that it can never be duplicated
there came a point ,(when it became a free concert) that it burst forth as a one time event.
Woodstock 99 was about profits the groups were there just for the money and photo-ops.
Everything at Woodstock 99 seemed contrived , less then genuine. Whether
it was the...