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    Posted August 2, 2009 by
    Ryn
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    Knoxville, Tennessee
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    Woodstock: 40 years later

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    Remembering Woodstock 40 Years Later

     

    The summer of 1969 was before my senior year of high school.

    I was seventeen and felt I was quite mature enough to strike out with friends to go to Woodstock.

    My parents thought differently.

    So I spent the summer in the old neighborhood baby sitting, working at the five and dime, grooving to the Beatles, Creedence, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac and John Denver.

    By the summer of 1970, I was married and my brand new husband was sent over seas. I worked in radiology at a local hospital and had my own apartment.

    I couldn't wait to see the Woodstock movie at the drive-in.

    It was a cultural experience event fer sure.

    To see Hendrix, Joplin, Havens, Crosby, Steels and Nash, Joan Baez, Grateful Dead  and the rest , even on the big screen was amazing.

    No one stayed in their car. Most all were on blankets spread out on the ground, singing and dancing right along with the film, just like we were at the actual concert. I think we saw Woodstock three times that summer.

    The turbulent sixties were about to come to and end.

    The Viet Nam  War still raging,  civil right unfairness and unrest, the assassinations of John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr, the Manson Murders, the moon landing(controversial even then) made the  Woodstock idea  seem like a peaceful harmonious way to be.

    Little did we understand the mass chaos it really was.

    What was supposed to be a money maker, ended up a free for all

    mad house. Donated food had to be brought in by helicopter, bath room facilities were impossible. The first aid tents became crash pads and bad trip zones. People were neither equipped or trained to care for the hallucinogenic excursions. Clean water was a true luxury.

    I believe there were two deaths, not sure about that. I know one young man asleep in his sleeping bag, was run over by a tractor.

    There were also several births from what I understand.

    Most came in the spirit of peace and love, even with the chaos

    Woodstock will be remembered fondly by the children of it's time.

    Today the closest thing to Woodstock is probably Bonnaroo (slang meaning a really good time)  in Manchester Tennessee.

    The first concert was in 2002 focusing mainly on jam bands, but now includes a little of everything from Indie Rock, Blues , Alternative, Hip Hop, Folk, Gospel, Reggae, and Electronica.

    Sponsors are required to have free activities for attendees.

     

    1969  Woodstock some of the cast

    Richie Havens, Joan Baez, The Who,Sha-Na-Na

    Joe Cocker,Country Joe and the Fish, Arlo Guthrie, Crosby Stills & Nash, Ten Years After, John Sebastian, Sly and the Family Stone, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Canned Heat, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, The Who, Grateful Dead, Ravi Shankar

     

    Music  Lets Get together The Young Bloods

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