In the lead-up to the release of Taking Woodstock, there has been a splattering of Woodstock culture all over, from the re-publishing of this article on the revival of the hippie nation with eco-aware Gen Yers and selling handmade gifts online to the documentary Woodstock: Now & Then showing on VH1 I have spent my weekend submerged in the peace, love, and music of 1969. And, perhaps it’s my idealist outlook, I think there may be some truth to this whiff of renewed sense of shedding the excess and renewing the community as the recession gives us no choice but to reevaluate what got us to this point.
Note: do not watch 3 hours of reporting on the greatest music festival our country has ever seen while trying to report on your own music festival experience of Lollapalooza. It seems very insignificant. Jimi Hendrix was not playing the National Anthem. What’s the point?