Decades on

I watch a dramatised movie last evening; ‘Taking Woodstock’ (made in 2009) , about the events leading up to & the ‘3 days of Music, Peace & Love’ that WAS the Woodstock music festival in 1969 (USA). The story was from the perspective of the young business committee leader, in the small town, near Yasgur’s farm (the main site) who reads that the original location approval is cancelled & contacts the organiser.. offering an alternative. Over a few days the small town of about 100 people, swells to 100s of thousands. During the movie another issue is made clear.. a constant stream of ‘joints’ are smoked & ‘acid trips’ are being dropped too. I’m not sure how accurate this is.. but as it was based on the ‘memoirs’ of the actual person, I assume its fairly accurate.. also the original film footage of the Woodstock festival was used, as a source of some of the scenes (recreated). Whilst they do not show any footage of the high-profile performers: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Country Joe & Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young etc. they do show the stage from a distance & play some of the music.

There is one scene, when a motorcycle cop says to the main character “I came here to crack some hippy heads.. but something in the air has changed my mind..” as they rides off with a flower tucked into his helmet.

Decades on.. these drugs are still widely used.. BUT nothing really changed about their legal status (except a few USA states). It would be interesting to know what the ‘Woodstock generation’ are doing these days.. I’m guessing some are ‘aging hippies’ but many have likely joined the ranks of ‘middle America’. Some may even be saying things like ‘I tried it man.. but I didn’t inhale !’ :/

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3 Responses to Decades on

  1. Jnana Hodson says:

    A lot of things changed. Just think of the movements that were part of the hippie experience and continue: sexual and racial equality, peace/anti-war and social justice activism, environmental/ecological/green/natural foods etc. stands, outdoors/fitness activity, radical spirituality (yoga, Zen, sufi, as well as Christian and Jewish), sustainable economics and entrepreneurial measures, even before we get to popular culture. The drug situation, though, is more complex — some of us treasure some fond memories, but others know of tragic burnouts along the way.

  2. Zedd says:

    Hey Bro’
    I appreciate your feedback.. I agree that it was not just about the drugs, as I said : Music, Peace & Love, BUT my blog is about highlighting the misinfo. about the Drug war.
    I also accept that there are some negative issues around drug use.. BUT the current global WAR on Drugs, is effectively like using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut; creating more harm than resolving it ! 😦
    “Kia Ora”

    • Zedd says:

      btw: I was only a child in 1969 (in UK).. but I grew up listening to many of the bands that played at Woodstock. I even had the 3 record vinyl album once.. now lost along the way 🙂

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