Monday, August 17, 2009


David and I just finished watching "Woodstock: Then and Now" on the History Channel. It was a fascinating look at one of the seminal events of, well, all time. The very idea that nearly half a million people could come together for three days of peace and music, especially during those tumultuous times is simply incredible. But that's what happened.

In 1969, Richard Nixon was president. You could buy a gallon of gas for about 35 cents. Sesame Street premiered. We put a man on the moon. The Civil Rights movement was in full swing following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. the previous year. 250,000 people marched on Washington to protest the Vietnam War. And there was Woodstock.

Michael Lang had an idea. John Roberts and Joel Rosenman had the money. A farmer said yes to a rather last minute request to use his farm and the rest is history. Just a few of the 32 acts to perform over the three day festival included Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix and one of my favorites, The Grateful Dead. These were among the voices of that time who resonated with the young people and in many cases continue to speak to us.

Here are a few video clips:

40 Years of Woodstock Memories:

Jimi Hendrix:

Crosby, Stills and Nash:

Janis Joplin:

The new film, Taking Woodstock, opens August 28th. That's the day after my birthday and we have plans to spend that weekend in Oklahoma City. Guess what we will be doing? I mean, besides that. ;)

I don't think we'll ever see another Woodstock but oh, how we need one. Once again we need to see 400,000 young people come together in peace to show the rest of the world what it looks like.


Jaggerfan1 said...

I love this post!!! I'm probably a hippie in training.

Deanna said...

Nice to hear from a fellow-hippie. :)