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Trading Peace For Profits Essay

1437 words - 6 pages

     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...

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