The year was 1969. America was in conflict in Viet Nam, the African-American civil rights movement was “over” according to our history books and a sexual revolution was still taking place. Musicians were writing music not to make money and records, but to make a statement…well, some of them were anyway. They were writing songs of inspiration, political disgust, and love and equality for human kind. It was an era that will be forever imprinted in the history of America.
When most people think of Woodstock ’69 and that time of revolution, they only think of drugged up hippies. Those drugged up (and the not so drugged up hippies) had an outlook on life of peace and love. No war, religion, possessions and an equality for all mankind. Sadly it was a pipe dream. I say that because no matter where we go as a country, no matter what steps we take, there will always be those problems.
We’ve become a nation and world of consumption and greed. Religion has always been a reason for war, whether it be the main reason or an underlying justification for crimes against humanity in the warped mind of a leader. Although we’ve taken giant leaps in terms of racial and gender equality, there will always be those that have a superiority complex and think that someone’s race, religion or sex is inferior to their own.
Woodstock was merely three days for the people to express themselves through music and bring together people in peace, love and harmony. It had it’s bad moments and it had it’s great moments. 40 years later we remember the Woodstock 1969 event, and not the money grubbing concerts that were Woodstock 94 and the atrocity they called Woodstock 99.
VH1 History and VH1 Classic has teamed up with Warner Music to bring us Woodstock: 40 years later (That’s the current working title). A retrospective look back at Woodstock. This is scheduled to air in August.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, VH1 has partnered with Warner Home Video on several cross-marketing initiatives in support of each other’s Woodstock-related projects. Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music — the four-hour director’s cut of the 1970 Oscar(R)-winning documentary about the landmark music event that featured some of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll performers in history — will be released this summer in a spectacular new Blu-ray and DVD Ultimate Collector’s Edition (UCE). With two extra hours of rare performance footage — some of it newly-discovered, some only seen in part and some never seen at all — the UCE is destined to make its own history.
There will never be another Woodstock like the one in 1969, just as there will never be another Gettysburg Address or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s speech at the March On Washington in 1963. You can not emulate, recreate or fabricate events like these. You can only remember them and cherish them for what they were. I know it’s a little odd comparing Woodstock to the other two great events that molded our nation, but Woodstock is also a part of our nation’s history. It may not have changed history, but it made it’s impact.
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