EmbryonicRabbit68 wrote:Well, the Monterey International Pop Music Festival was the 16-18 June 1967 (exactly forty years almost to the date that I got into Airplane), but the film was released during the summer of 1968, so I don't blame babson for any confusion. I never have though, he was there and he was a part of it, and as the saying goes, "if you remember the 60s, you weren't really there", or however it goes.
But the whole counter-culture spread between 1967 and 1969 was like so many trends and movements somewhat based on the music. 1967 and Monterey introduced it all to the world, 1968 was when politics really entered it, and 1969 was the collision of music and politics in the great zenith of it all. 1970 was when the consequences came, but thankfully not all of the hippies stopped living that way just then. The spirit was kept for as long as they could keep it. The punk movement was like that, it was beginning and growing from 1974 to 1976, and was in the spotlight from 1977 to 1979, but people say punk died after that, but it didn't entirely. It just changed. Then it died, long after. Now it's a marketing campaign.
I don't think Woodstock particularly was some symbolic thing that meant the end or beginning of anything, I think it just happen to be at a certain time and place, and have a ton of extremely successful acts at the time. Considering who was there, I couldn't imagine over half a million people not showing up in the summer of 1969.
Susan Butcher wrote:The badness of Woodstock seems very American - far too big, and about to go out of control. But that had already happened to San Francisco in the latter half of 1967. The city was flooded with desperate teenage misfits who'd heard how wonderful the place was. (I speak as an ex-teenage misfit.)
Though in my opinion, I think Woodstock was so over the top and huge that it's sort of inevitable that Altamont happened. I think Woodstock was amazing, though. It serves its purpose - a symbol of the 60s. Though in my opinion, Haight-Ashbury is a symbol of the 60s, not Woodstock .
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