3 Days of ,
After the word got out about the upcoming music festival, featuring many musical heroes that are still heroes today, people across the nation told their parents (yes, they lied, admittingly; but only tiny lies, and anyway, it was for a good reason) that they were going to their friends house, etc., etc., etc. The date was set: August 15, 16, and 17. Posters were hung everywhere. Here it is, one of the famous posters:
The only problem: about 500,000 people showed up!!! No one expected so many people to show up! Everyone was amazed.
A variety of people showed up. You had the hippies, who were pretty hip, who came to demonstrate peace. There were gays and lesbians, as well as anti-gays. There were people who wanted to ban drugs, as well as people who wanted to legalize drugs. You can't forget the pro- and anti- government advocates. There were Vietnam Vets, and black militants. You had the people who came for the three days of almost complete freedom. Some people just went because their friends were going (and they probably had no regrets, and a better time than they thought they would!). Then you had the people who just came to have a good time, and get away from their parents (don't we all wish). And finally, you had the people who just came for the music. I can't describe all of the other people that came, because there were so many.
During those three love-filled days, it was anything but peaceful. People mellowed out doing illegal, hallucinogenic drugs. But wait! We can't forget the streaking, now, can we? Also, we can't forget about the alcohol, and all of the drunks.
I would say that it was pretty fun, and a really good to get rid of some spare time.
Basically, Woodstock brought all different kinds of people together, and it worked. It was a huge demonstration of peace. It was about people coming together, having fun, and loving and helping one another. It was for the United States of America! But the United States wasn't the only country celebrating peace. All over the world, hippies had celebrations, to promote more freedom, peace, and less laws. But I still think Woodstock was truly the best, because of Jimi Hendrix, and the burning of his guitar, and also because of the other greats that performed at Woodstock.
A variety of musical guests came to Woodstock '69. Here is the list of performers, in alphabetical order:
Blood, Sweat and Tears
The Jeff Beck Group (canceled)
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Country Joe McDonald and the Fish
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
The Incredible String Band
Iron Butterfly (no show)
It's A Beautiful Day (dismissed)
The Jefferson Airplane
The Joshua Light Show
Sly and the Family Stone
Ten Years After
-Disappointingly, Jim Morrison couldn't make it, because of his "alcohol problem"
Here's an awesome picture of Jimi Hendrix, doing nothing other than conducting the ceremony of the sacred burning of his guitar:
Doesn't it make you feel all warm and tingly inside?
Yeah, those were the good days. But now we have all of those annoying laws. Anarchy is what I say. Yeah.
Links to Other Groovy Pages:
Woodstock '69, another great protest
Nirvana, my favorite band
Jimi Hendrix, a really cool guy
Nrrd Grrl!,s a page dedicated to rejecting and protesting society's stereotypical views of what women should be like
E-mail me at home,
with any comments you have on my page
Allman Brothers Band
Jimmy Cliff's Reggae Jam (featuring Eek-A-Mouse, Diana King, Rita Marley, Toots, and Worl-a-Girl)
Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Henry Rollins Band
Nine Inch Nails
Porno For Pyros
Red Hot Chile Peppers
Paul Rodgers' "Rock +Blues Review"
Salt n' Peppa
Sisters of Glory (featuring CeCe Peniston, Phoebe Snow, Thelma Houston, Lois Walden, and Mavis Staples)
The Violent Femmes
W.O.M.A.D. (featuring Hassan Hakmoun, The Justin Trio, Geoffrey Oryema, and Xalem)
Youssou n' Dour
You should support AIDS, Cancer, and Breast Cancer Awareness, and lots of other things. Don't be anti-gay.
Don't forget all of the important lessons that you've learned today, or I'll get you, and all of your associates!!!
-Have a nice day, night, dreams, and life (and don't forget about this page)!
This page was designed to promote peace, and to educate people on what Woodstock was really about: standing up for what you believe in, and to prove to people that we really can work together when we want to.