Saturday, August 18, 2012

3 days of Peace, Love and Music

 Various pictures that were made famous the year of 1969.
In the summer of 1969, on August 15th-18th, half a million people attended the festival what we now know today as "Woodstock."Thousands of youngsters came in spite of letting go of their problems, by grooving along to some of their favorite artists, such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, Melanie and many more. Many people who came to the festival were looking to escape the troubles of the outside world and be in a place where there was total love, peace, and relaxation. Where you could be yourself, dance around, and just enjoy the music that was being played around you.
Despite the immense amount of people, the rain, the mud, and the startling amount of drugs, people who came for a spiritual journey, accomplished their goal. Despite all the negative things that happened, the positive things ruled over, because they were just so good. Overall, it was a peaceful experience. People were getting along with people, sharing things with the strangers who sat next to them, meditating, and just loving the people they came with.  But better yet, they weren't only trying to change their own lives, they were trying to change the world. They despised the current war going on, they knew it wasn't the right thing for the world, and they knew peace was. These baby boomers knew that if they came together, and attempted a call for peace, they could possibly change the world. And in a way, they did.
I, myself, think Woodstock was such a fascinating event. It was an extraordinary, yet at the same time chaotic event that was just so amazing, it could leave you breathless. I've read an autobiography on the man who was behind the idea of Woodstock, named Michael Lang. His book is called "The Road to Woodstock." It was really interesting to hear how the whole thing came together. Also how it was just seeing the immense amount of people there. The way he described it, just left you thinking..."wow."
I think this event was so amazing, because so many young people believed in peace, and so many young people wanted love, and for 3 days, that's what they got. Now a days, you'd never hear of such a thing. Maybe some youngsters care about saving the world, but not enough to fill a whole area the size Woodstock was. It just wouldn't happen, not like it would in the 60s. That's one reason why I am just totally in love with this era. There will never be another one like it. And I'm sad I never got to live through it. But that's just the way it is. Since I wasn't, it's my job to find my inner hippie and spread peace and love. I guess in our world full of hate, we need those kind of people, and I'm glad I'm one of them. I hope to spread peace and love throughout my lifetime and I hope others who are reading this do too.
As an ending note, happy 43rd anniversary of Woodstock! I hope you enjoy my upcoming (separate) post of vintage pictures from the festival.

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