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19th Mar '13 5:30:05 PM MarkLungo
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''Three days of peace, love and music.''

In the Summer of '69, a couple of capitalists decided to hold a festival in a field, with a few big name acts. After a long fight to get it done, they got a deal with farmer Max Yasgur. The festival was called Woodstock.

Originally tickets were sold by mail and through magazine ads, with plans to sell more at the door. Over 100,000 tickets were sold, but people started arriving several days early, before the fence and ticket gates were completed; faced with the choice between completing the stage and completing the fence, the promoters decided to get the stage in order and call it a free concert. With such an open invitation in place, over 500,000 people are believed to have shown up. Then it got worse. Woodstock was a giant catastrophe: The bands couldn't get to the concert and had to be flown in. Food and other facilities were ostensibly planned for 50,000 (even though the aforementioned 100,000 tickets had been sold), but city councilmen and others noted that the provisions weren't even sufficient for that number, leading to the National Guard airlifting in food and water by helicopter. There was lots of rain and a giant storm struck, shutting it down for hours and two people accidentally died[[hottip:*: plus one from a burst appendix, but that probably would have happened anyway]].

But at the same time the festival was noted for its sense of peace. Not a single fight broke out during the three days. People were getting along and showing love to each other. Not only that, but the roster of bands were great. These included Music/TheWho, Music/TheBand, Music/JanisJoplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash and & Young, Canned Heat, Ten Years After, Music/{{Santana}}, Music/TheGratefulDead, Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival, Music/JoanBaez and Music/JimiHendrix, to name a few.

The festival was filmed and turned into a documentary. It is regarded as one of the best documentaries and concert films ever. Not only because of the performances, but also as the main focus was the festival itself. It really portrays the atmosphere and the feelings there. It was also one of MartinScorsese's first works (he was an editor for it).

Woodstock was the swan song for TheSixties. It showed the dream of peace and understanding as working, combined with great music. But not long after, an attempt at a West Coast equivalent, a free concert at the Altamont Speedway headed up by Music/TheRollingStones, would end in tragedy -- a man wound up getting killed by the Hells Angels, who had been hired as security. (This concert and its cruel outcome were chronicled the documentary ''Gimme Shelter''.) The innocence that was the height of Woodstock would die and later attempts to recapture its spirit were all failures, including two Woodstock "sequels" in 1994 and 1999. The 1999 Woodstock became legendary for its audience rioting on the final night, which went completely against the spirit of the first, and showcased just how much society had moved to the other end of the {{Sliding Scale|OfIdealismVersusCynicism}} since the idealistic '60s.

In media depictions of Woodstock, fictional or otherwise, the NostalgiaFilter will be operating at full power. Characters flashing back to Woodstock will have all been Bohemian hippies, despite a large number of ordinary joes and returning [[{{TheVietnamWar}} Vietnam]] vets. Traffic jams and overpriced concessions (while they lasted) will be replaced by camping out in vans and everybody sharing out of a sense of peace and love. The filthy conditions will be either ignored or romanticized as free-spirited youth playing in the mud. The music will be NothingButHits, despite the lineup consisting of five or six headliners and dozens of forgettable and not-yet-famous bands.

Despite all this, however, such depictions still capture the most important thing about the festival: its transformative effect on all who were there. To this day the original is regarded as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome among people, showing them living happy and in peace among each other.

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!!The Woodstock Festival provides examples of:
* BerserkButton: Yes, even the original Woodstock had an incident of this: Abbie Hoffman got booted off the stage by (and received a PrecisionFStrike from) Pete Townshend for walking on during TheWho's set.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Woodstock 1999 compared to the Original Woodstock.
* EruditeStoner: Quite a few show up in the crew.
* TheMovie: Made from footage captured during the three days, it was WarnerBros' biggest hit in 1970.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Yeah, there were a few who went.
* TheSixties: Some of the most noted events and it really sums up the spirit of the decade.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Compare the original Woodstock to the 1999 version, and you should have a grasp of the hippie idealism of TheSixties versus the {{grunge}} cynicism of TheNineties.
* TheStoner: Does this need explaining?

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''Three days of peace, love and music.''

In the Summer of '69, a couple of capitalists decided to hold a festival in a field, with a few big name acts. After a long fight to get it done, they got a deal with farmer Max Yasgur. The festival was called Woodstock.

Originally tickets were sold by mail and through magazine ads, with plans to sell more at the door. Over 100,000 tickets were sold, but people started arriving several days early, before the fence and ticket gates were completed; faced with the choice between completing the stage and completing the fence, the promoters decided to get the stage in order and call it a free concert. With such an open invitation in place, over 500,000 people are believed to have shown up. Then it got worse. Woodstock was a giant catastrophe: The bands couldn't get to the concert and had to be flown in. Food and other facilities were ostensibly planned for 50,000 (even though the aforementioned 100,000 tickets had been sold), but city councilmen and others noted that the provisions weren't even sufficient for that number, leading to the National Guard airlifting in food and water by helicopter. There was lots of rain and a giant storm struck, shutting it down for hours and two people accidentally died[[hottip:*: plus one from a burst appendix, but that probably would have happened anyway]].

But at the same time the festival was noted for its sense of peace. Not a single fight broke out during the three days. People were getting along and showing love to each other. Not only that, but the roster of bands were great. These included Music/TheWho, Music/TheBand, Music/JanisJoplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash and & Young, Canned Heat, Ten Years After, Music/{{Santana}}, Music/TheGratefulDead, Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival, Music/JoanBaez and Music/JimiHendrix, to name a few.

The festival was filmed and turned into a documentary. It is regarded as one of the best documentaries and concert films ever. Not only because of the performances, but also as the main focus was the festival itself. It really portrays the atmosphere and the feelings there. It was also one of MartinScorsese's first works (he was an editor for it).

Woodstock was the swan song for TheSixties. It showed the dream of peace and understanding as working, combined with great music. But not long after, an attempt at a West Coast equivalent, a free concert at the Altamont Speedway headed up by Music/TheRollingStones, would end in tragedy -- a man wound up getting killed by the Hells Angels, who had been hired as security. (This concert and its cruel outcome were chronicled the documentary ''Gimme Shelter''.) The innocence that was the height of Woodstock would die and later attempts to recapture its spirit were all failures, including two Woodstock "sequels" in 1994 and 1999. The 1999 Woodstock became legendary for its audience rioting on the final night, which went completely against the spirit of the first, and showcased just how much society had moved to the other end of the {{Sliding Scale|OfIdealismVersusCynicism}} since the idealistic '60s.

In media depictions of Woodstock, fictional or otherwise, the NostalgiaFilter will be operating at full power. Characters flashing back to Woodstock will have all been Bohemian hippies, despite a large number of ordinary joes and returning [[{{TheVietnamWar}} Vietnam]] vets. Traffic jams and overpriced concessions (while they lasted) will be replaced by camping out in vans and everybody sharing out of a sense of peace and love. The filthy conditions will be either ignored or romanticized as free-spirited youth playing in the mud. The music will be NothingButHits, despite the lineup consisting of five or six headliners and dozens of forgettable and not-yet-famous bands.

Despite all this, however, such depictions still capture the most important thing about the festival: its transformative effect on all who were there. To this day the original is regarded as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome among people, showing them living happy and in peace among each other.

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!!The Woodstock Festival provides examples of:
* BerserkButton: Yes, even the original Woodstock had an incident of this: Abbie Hoffman got booted off the stage by (and received a PrecisionFStrike from) Pete Townshend for walking on during TheWho's set.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Woodstock 1999 compared to the Original Woodstock.
* EruditeStoner: Quite a few show up in the crew.
* TheMovie: Made from footage captured during the three days, it was WarnerBros' biggest hit in 1970.
* NewAgeRetroHippie: Yeah, there were a few who went.
* TheSixties: Some of the most noted events and it really sums up the spirit of the decade.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Compare the original Woodstock to the 1999 version, and you should have a grasp of the hippie idealism of TheSixties versus the {{grunge}} cynicism of TheNineties.
* TheStoner: Does this need explaining?

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28th Feb '13 3:14:26 AM gallium
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* TheMovie: Made from footage captured during the three days, it was WarnerBros' biggest hit in 1970.



* TheSixties: Some of the most noted events and it really sums up the spirit of the decade.



* TheMovie: Made from footage captured during the three days, it was WarnerBros' biggest hit in 1970.
* TheSixties: Some of the most noted events and it really sums up the spirit of the decade.
29th Nov '12 3:14:47 PM Tarlonniel
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Originally tickets were sold by mail and through magazine ads, with plans to sell more at the door. Over 100,000 tickets were sold, but people started arriving several days early, before the fence and ticket gates were completed; faced with the choice between completing the stage and completing the fence, the promoters decided to get the stage in order and call it a free concert. With such an open invitation in place, over 500,000 people are believed to have shown up. Then ItGotWorse. Woodstock was a giant catastrophe: The bands couldn't get to the concert and had to be flown in. Food and other facilities were ostensibly planned for 50,000 (even though the aforementioned 100,000 tickets had been sold), but city councilmen and others noted that the provisions weren't even sufficient for that number, leading to the National Guard airlifting in food and water by helicopter. There was lots of rain and a giant storm struck, shutting it down for hours and two people accidentally died[[hottip:*: plus one from a burst appendix, but that probably would have happened anyway]].

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Originally tickets were sold by mail and through magazine ads, with plans to sell more at the door. Over 100,000 tickets were sold, but people started arriving several days early, before the fence and ticket gates were completed; faced with the choice between completing the stage and completing the fence, the promoters decided to get the stage in order and call it a free concert. With such an open invitation in place, over 500,000 people are believed to have shown up. Then ItGotWorse.it got worse. Woodstock was a giant catastrophe: The bands couldn't get to the concert and had to be flown in. Food and other facilities were ostensibly planned for 50,000 (even though the aforementioned 100,000 tickets had been sold), but city councilmen and others noted that the provisions weren't even sufficient for that number, leading to the National Guard airlifting in food and water by helicopter. There was lots of rain and a giant storm struck, shutting it down for hours and two people accidentally died[[hottip:*: plus one from a burst appendix, but that probably would have happened anyway]].
29th Apr '12 6:41:08 PM ndboy
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Woodstock 1999 compared to the Original Woodstock.
21st Jan '12 7:13:56 PM djbj
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But at the same time the festival was noted for its sense of peace. Not a single fight broke out during the three days. People were getting along and showing love to each other. Not only that, but the roster of bands were great. These included TheWho, TheBand, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash and & Young, Canned Heat, Ten Years After, Santana, TheGratefulDead, CreedenceClearwaterRevival, JoanBaez and JimiHendrix, to name a few.

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But at the same time the festival was noted for its sense of peace. Not a single fight broke out during the three days. People were getting along and showing love to each other. Not only that, but the roster of bands were great. These included TheWho, TheBand, Janis Joplin, Music/TheWho, Music/TheBand, Music/JanisJoplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash and & Young, Canned Heat, Ten Years After, Santana, TheGratefulDead, CreedenceClearwaterRevival, JoanBaez Music/{{Santana}}, Music/TheGratefulDead, Music/CreedenceClearwaterRevival, Music/JoanBaez and JimiHendrix, Music/JimiHendrix, to name a few.



Woodstock was the swan song for TheSixties. It showed the dream of peace and understanding as working, combined with great music. But not long after, an attempt at a West Coast equivalent, a free concert at the Altamont Speedway headed up by TheRollingStones, would end in tragedy -- a man wound up getting killed by the Hells Angels, who had been hired as security. (This concert and its cruel outcome were chronicled the documentary ''Gimme Shelter''.) The innocence that was the height of Woodstock would die and later attempts to recapture its spirit were all failures, including two Woodstock "sequels" in 1994 and 1999. The 1999 Woodstock became legendary for its audience rioting on the final night, which went completely against the spirit of the first, and showcased just how much society had moved to the other end of the {{Sliding Scale|OfIdealismVersusCynicism}} since the idealistic '60s.

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Woodstock was the swan song for TheSixties. It showed the dream of peace and understanding as working, combined with great music. But not long after, an attempt at a West Coast equivalent, a free concert at the Altamont Speedway headed up by TheRollingStones, Music/TheRollingStones, would end in tragedy -- a man wound up getting killed by the Hells Angels, who had been hired as security. (This concert and its cruel outcome were chronicled the documentary ''Gimme Shelter''.) The innocence that was the height of Woodstock would die and later attempts to recapture its spirit were all failures, including two Woodstock "sequels" in 1994 and 1999. The 1999 Woodstock became legendary for its audience rioting on the final night, which went completely against the spirit of the first, and showcased just how much society had moved to the other end of the {{Sliding Scale|OfIdealismVersusCynicism}} since the idealistic '60s.
7th Jan '12 12:35:21 PM Vidor
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But at the same time the festival was noted for its sense of peace. Not a single fight broke out during the three days. People were getting along and showing love to each other. Not only that, but the roster of bands were great. These included TheWho, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash and & Young, Canned Heat, Ten Years After, Santana, TheGratefulDead, CreedenceClearwaterRevival, JoanBaez and JimiHendrix, to name a few.

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But at the same time the festival was noted for its sense of peace. Not a single fight broke out during the three days. People were getting along and showing love to each other. Not only that, but the roster of bands were great. These included TheWho, TheBand, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash and & Young, Canned Heat, Ten Years After, Santana, TheGratefulDead, CreedenceClearwaterRevival, JoanBaez and JimiHendrix, to name a few.
3rd Nov '11 8:11:37 PM mthivier
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But at the same time the festival was noted for its sense of peace. Not a single fight broke out during the three days. People were getting along and showing love to each other. Not only that, but the roster of bands were great. These included TheWho, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash and & Young, Canned Heat, Ten Years After, Santana, TheGratefulDead, CreedenceClearwaterRevival and JimiHendrix, to name a few.

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But at the same time the festival was noted for its sense of peace. Not a single fight broke out during the three days. People were getting along and showing love to each other. Not only that, but the roster of bands were great. These included TheWho, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash and & Young, Canned Heat, Ten Years After, Santana, TheGratefulDead, CreedenceClearwaterRevival CreedenceClearwaterRevival, JoanBaez and JimiHendrix, to name a few.
12th Oct '11 3:57:55 AM Smapti
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In the Summer of '69, a small group of people decided to hold a festival in a field, with a few big name acts. After a long fight to get it done, they got a deal with farmer Max Yasgur. The festival was called Woodstock.

Originally tickets were sold by mail and through magazine ads, with plans to sell more at the door. Over 100,000 tickets were sold, but people started arriving several days early, before the fence and ticket gates were completed; faced with the choice between completing the stage and completing the fence, the promoters decided to get the stage in order and call it a free concert. With such an open invitation in place, over 500,000 people are believed to have shown up. Then ItGotWorse. Woodstock was a giant catastrophe: The bands couldn't get to the concert and had to be flown in. Food and other facilities were ostensibly planned for 50,000 (even though the aforementioned 100,000 tickets had been sold), but city councilmen and others noted that the provisions weren't even sufficient for that number. There was lots of rain and a giant storm struck, shutting it down for hours and two people accidentally died[[hottip:*: plus one from a burst appendix, but that probably would have happened anyway]].

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In the Summer of '69, a small group couple of people capitalists decided to hold a festival in a field, with a few big name acts. After a long fight to get it done, they got a deal with farmer Max Yasgur. The festival was called Woodstock.

Originally tickets were sold by mail and through magazine ads, with plans to sell more at the door. Over 100,000 tickets were sold, but people started arriving several days early, before the fence and ticket gates were completed; faced with the choice between completing the stage and completing the fence, the promoters decided to get the stage in order and call it a free concert. With such an open invitation in place, over 500,000 people are believed to have shown up. Then ItGotWorse. Woodstock was a giant catastrophe: The bands couldn't get to the concert and had to be flown in. Food and other facilities were ostensibly planned for 50,000 (even though the aforementioned 100,000 tickets had been sold), but city councilmen and others noted that the provisions weren't even sufficient for that number.number, leading to the National Guard airlifting in food and water by helicopter. There was lots of rain and a giant storm struck, shutting it down for hours and two people accidentally died[[hottip:*: plus one from a burst appendix, but that probably would have happened anyway]].
13th Sep '11 9:40:04 AM akbeancounter
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Originally tickets were sold and a bit more than a 100,000 people were expected. Then half a million turned up and from there it turned into a free concert. Then ItGotWorse. Woodstock was a giant catastrophe: The bands couldn't get to the concert and had to be flown in, there was not enough food, or facilities. There was lots of rain and a giant storm struck, shutting it down for hours and two people accidentally died.

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Originally tickets were sold by mail and a bit through magazine ads, with plans to sell more than a at the door. Over 100,000 tickets were sold, but people started arriving several days early, before the fence and ticket gates were expected. Then half a million turned up completed; faced with the choice between completing the stage and from there completing the fence, the promoters decided to get the stage in order and call it turned into a free concert. concert. With such an open invitation in place, over 500,000 people are believed to have shown up. Then ItGotWorse. Woodstock was a giant catastrophe: The bands couldn't get to the concert and had to be flown in, there was not enough food, or facilities. in. Food and other facilities were ostensibly planned for 50,000 (even though the aforementioned 100,000 tickets had been sold), but city councilmen and others noted that the provisions weren't even sufficient for that number. There was lots of rain and a giant storm struck, shutting it down for hours and two people accidentally died.
died[[hottip:*: plus one from a burst appendix, but that probably would have happened anyway]].



To this day the original is regarded as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome among people, showing them living happy and in peace among each other.

to:

In media depictions of Woodstock, fictional or otherwise, the NostalgiaFilter will be operating at full power. Characters flashing back to Woodstock will have all been Bohemian hippies, despite a large number of ordinary joes and returning [[{{TheVietnamWar}} Vietnam]] vets. Traffic jams and overpriced concessions (while they lasted) will be replaced by camping out in vans and everybody sharing out of a sense of peace and love. The filthy conditions will be either ignored or romanticized as free-spirited youth playing in the mud. The music will be NothingButHits, despite the lineup consisting of five or six headliners and dozens of forgettable and not-yet-famous bands.

Despite all this, however, such depictions still capture the most important thing about the festival: its transformative effect on all who were there.
To this day the original is regarded as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome among people, showing them living happy and in peace among each other.
1st Sep '11 5:23:20 AM Osmium
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* NewAgeRetroHippie: Yeah, [[{{Understatement}} there were a few who went]].

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* NewAgeRetroHippie: Yeah, [[{{Understatement}} there were a few who went]].went.
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