Reflection of Woodstock as a Cultural Event
Let The Good Times Go Bad
In 1969 the first Woodstock took place. Those were the good old days when the music festival was full of good music, love, and sharing. Wake up call.... In 1999 another Woodstock was held; this time it was not full of love and sharing at all. All it has been shown to be is a party full of rape, drugs, and a bad recreation of a good thing. Looking at the numerous differences there are very few similarities one being the name of the event. Through this small happening in our history, Woodstock shows how much our society has changed in just 30 mind-boggling years.
The people of Woodstock 69 are remembered to be dirty, smelly, and just straightforward, up front hippy. When town’s people heard about the event about to reach the town there was many mixed feelings about the people on their way, but the people were coming anyway. “ The sticky sweet smell of burning marijuana wafted in to the open window of a house in Bethel late one Thursday night. The chirp and buzz of the insects suddenly gave way to the shuffle of
Sandaled feet (Woodstock69.com, 1).” “It sounded like a parade said a resident (Woodstock6.com, 1).” An observer quoted “I thought they were hippy scum- but you couldn’t help but feel sorry for the kids” (Woodstock69.com, 2). The owner of a store nearby feared robbers would take all the money the store was raking in from the sale of beer, soda, and peanut butter and jelly. But his worries were groundless. “ They were dirty, but they were nice. A few wee on happy drugs, but that was nothing,” said the store owner, who even cashed a couple dozen checks for some kids who ran out of money. Not one bounced. (Woodstock69.com, 4). The towns people were making unfair judgments of the people and were vastly proved wrong. All age groups attended Woodstock babies, young children, teenagers, parents, and yes-even grandparents attended this music event. The event of Woodstock attracted one mainstream of people. Yes you guessed it, Hippies. Although many people feared this “sub culture”, they were in the end found to be harmless.
The people of Woodstock 99 were much different than those of the 69 celebration. A columnist of a local newspaper quotes “ You don't have a rock festival based on peace and love...