Archive for August 15th, 2009


Excerpted from Woodstock Revisited
“The Rant” by Tom Degan
Thursday, August 13, 200

“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”

Emma Goldman 1869-1940

 I often wonder what Lady Emma might have thought about the so-called “sixties revolution”. There certainly was a lot to dance to, that’s for sure. But in the final analysis, I imagine she might have been just a bit disappointed with the Woodstock Generation. To be honest with you, I have always been a bit cynical on the subject of the Baby Boomers. The dirty little secret that no one (as far as I know) has yet dared to write about is that the youth revolt of the 1960s was born of out of the fact that the sons-of-privilege believed that the Vietnam War should have been fought by everyone and anyone but themselves


Please read the entire article, as Tom, “a 50 year old video artist who in 2006 became so thoroughly disgusted at the state of America’s national political dialogue, he decided to take time off to become a freaking civics teacher”, makes some enormously important points about the Woodstock generation’s opposition to the Vietnam War, or rather, to their invovement in it, and its relevance today.

You can also read Tom’s post as a comment on the comments page of my previous post and we certainly wish to give him a warm welcome to this blog.

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Max Yasgur’s dairy farm, Bethel, New York, Friday, August 15, 1969. Day 1


From Wikipedia:


The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was a historic event held at Max Yasgur’s 600 acre (2.4 km²; 240 ha) dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bethel (Sullivan County) is 43 miles (69 km) southwest of the town of Woodstock, New York, which is in adjoining Ulster County.

To many, the festival exemplified the counterculture of the 1960s and the “hippie era.” Thirty-two of the best-known musicians of the day appeared during the sometimes rainy weekend. Although attempts have been made over the years to recreate the festival, the original event has proven to be unique and legendary. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in music history and was listed on Rolling Stone’s 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.

The event was captured in a successful 1970 movie, Woodstock, and Joni Mitchell’s song “Woodstock”, which memorialized the event and became a major hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Max Yasgur’s dairy farm, Bethel, New York, Friday, August 15, 1969. Day 1

  • Richie Havens
  • Swami Satchidananda – gave the invocation for the festival
  • Sweetwater
  • The Incredible String Band
  • Bert Sommer
  • Tim Hardin
  • Ravi Shankar
  • Melanie
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Joan Baez

Richie Havens Freedom Woodstock 1969

For more videos from that first evening at “Woodstock”, including Joan Baez’s stirring, “We Shall Overcome”, and some truly dire music from Sweetwater, click on link below.


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