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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Remembering Woodstock and the 1960s.

It was 40 years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play. Apologies to the Beatles. Actually it was 40 years ago that one of the most memorable moments in recent music history took place. On August 15-18th, 1969, The Woodstock Music Festival was celebrated on a rural dairy farm in upstate New York in a little village called Bethel; 40 miles southwest of Woodstock, NY. With over half a million drug-induced concert goers in attendance, amidst rain and mud and constant traffic snarls on narrow country roads---the event was a recipe for disaster. Yet the patience, peace and love demonstrated by the crowd and the brilliance of the amazing musicians overcame all the glitches. The spirit of Woodstock has never been surpassed and the event is recorded in the annals of popular music history as one of the most sensational rock and roll extravaganzas ever.

I was not there. I think I would have liked to have been. What about you? Woodstock happened at the grand finale of the 1960s during the same year that Neal Armstrong walked on the moon. It was an era of incredible political, sexual and cultural turbulence. Kennedy was asassinated. So was his brother Bobby. And Martin Luther King. The Cuban Missile Crisis. The Beatles. Elvis. The VW Beetle. Go-go boots. Nehru jackets. Mini dresses. Vietnam. Where were you in the 1960s? Click on this link to see an amazing musical tribute to the Sixties: The Sixties Sphere: Related Content


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