Music And Politics Sitting In A Tree

But let me start off with a made to order joke. Bless their little young hearts.

Sometimes I get a kick out of young people today, their naiveté still intrigues me. Even though they often seem ignorant of basic history. That is not all their fault.

So one day I was in a fast food place. The employees were having this discussion about the upcoming 50th anniversary of Woodstock. I couldn’t help listening because I was not doing anything except standing there waiting for my order.

All three of the guys were fairly young, and the only women was about middle-aged. She appeared to be schooling them on Woodstock, odd as that seemed to me at the time.

Then the one young guy ask her impatiently “well, was Hip Hop going on then, too, were they doing that?” I couldn’t resist cutting in to say, “they hadn’t even put those two words together yet” and I chuckled. They all looked at me with their upper wheels turning.

I looked at the guy who asked and said “ Man, they barely knew what rock and roll was back then. They were still breaking it in.” But then I saw his big eyes and knew that went right over his knowledge base and sailed into the deep. I smiled and walked away.

Dummy me, I thought maybe a joke would illustrate the point and further their discussion. But instead it ended it and left me wondering if it was my delivery that failed? And if it was some generational thing I crossed? At least I thought it was funny, they will probably never know if it was true, funny… or both?

Joined At The Hip

Say what you will about the original Woodstock which stole headlines some 5 decades ago this year. Those discussions are still going on, as I can testify. Organizers are planning a 50th anniversary to the Woodstock concert this year. But déjà vu all over again.

The original site in Bethel, NY has plans for an anniversary to memorialize the Max Yasgur Farm concert in ’69 and has already booked one top headliner, Carlos Santana.

But Michael Lang, one of the original promoters, has planned what he claims is the only original sanctioned anniversary celebration, which he announced will be in Watkins Glen, NY. In that one, political activism and sustainability will be a central theme for the event. And no doubt for the “woke” as well.

Not only is he drafting top talent, but also encouraging their political activism for the event too. So is this where Farm Aide and Woodstock exchange vows and officially tie the knot, joined in a river of political activism? No matter what the location, it will be billed as Utopia. Who knows if the National Anthem will even be allowed in this one? (old reference to Jimmie Hendrix) Or if maybe the Black Bloc and Antifa will do security for the event?

Take it from Lang himself: (CBS News January 11, 2019)

The festival will also evoke its predecessor through activism, with sustainability efforts and screenings, panels and art installations by non-profit organizations. “The Woodstock 50th Anniversary will be about sharing an experience with great artists and encouraging people to get educated and involved in the social issues impacting everyone on the planet,” said Lang.

“”We want this to be more than just coming to a concert,” Lang told The New York Times. “And hopefully a lot of the bands will become part of this effort to get people to stand up and make themselves heard, to get out [and] vote. And if they don’t have a candidate that represents their feelings, to find one — or to run themselves.”

From coming to sexual awareness to coming to political wokeness. Is that where mud baths come in? Is it where the white rabbit has a coup over the enchanted forest?

Okay, so music, history, or anniversary may not be the real motivation here. Political priorities, you know. No word whether any of the up and comers in presidential candidates are booking the event. They could have hours of speeches to a captive audience if they go all out. How nostalgic would that be? I don’t recall that was the message of Woodstock but that was then and this is now. What better place to grease the skids for socialism?

And now, being the radicalized leftist culture it is, supposedly on the rise, I can see it “and now a word from our movement icon, Bernie Sanders.” To which the crowd roars to their feet and gives him a fifteen minute standing ovation.

That could only be followed by another speech from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bringing home the Socialism message. And Michael Moore applauding waiting in the wings.

If you were one of the headliner bands, how on earth could you follow that bad acid trip? It also has me wondering what would be the definition of “success” for such a grand event? I guess you measure it in political success and, of course, by fundraising totals.

So Woodstock….you are finally 50, now how about growing the f*** up?

Right Ring | Bullright

Stoked about Woodstock

A Time article about Woodstock.

Bill Eppridge—

Peace, Love, Music and Mud: LIFE at Woodstock

The original plan was for an outdoor rock festival, “three days of peace and music” in the Catskill village of Woodstock. What the young promoters got was the third largest city in New York state, population 400,000 (give or take 100,000), location Max Yasgur’s dairy farm near the town of White Lake.
So began LIFE magazine’s description, in its August 29, 1969 issue, of what has come to be seen as one of the defining events of the 1960s. Forty-four years later, LIFE.com presents a gallery of pictures — many of which never ran in the magazine — from those heady, rain-soaked days and nights.
Lured by music [the story in LIFE continued] and some strange kind of magic (“Woodstock? Doesn’t Bob Dylan live in Woodstock?”), young people from all over the U.S. descended on the rented 600-acre farm.
It was a real city, with life and death and babies — two were born during the gathering — and all the urban problems of water supply, food, sanitation and health. Drugs, too, certainly, because so many of its inhabitants belong to the drug culture. Counting on only 50,000 customers a day, the organizer had set up a fragile, unauthoritarian system to deal with them. Overrun, strained to its limits, the system somehow, amazingly, didn’t break. For three days nearly half a million people lived elbow to elbow in the most exposed, crowded, rain-drenched, uncomfortable kind of community and there wasn’t so much as a fist fight.
For those who passed through it, Woodstock was less a music festival than a total experience, a phenomenon, a happening, high adventure, a near disaster and, in s a small way, a struggle for survival. Casting an apprehensive eye over the huge throng on opening day, Friday afternoon, a festival official announced, “There are a hell of a lot of us here. If we are going to make it, you had better remember that the guy next to you is your brother.” Everybody remembered. Woodstock made it.
Read more: http://life.time.com/culture/woodstock-photos-from-the-legendary-1969-rock-festival/#ixzz2c4HB3FwH

Slice off the music or whatever you want to label it, there was another part to the event. That was culture, or counterculture. It was culture to itself, an experiment. Here one could go way off to make all kinds of judgements, and I often do. So it wasn’t just the music. In reading that piece, it makes clear it was a fishbowl look at a moment in time of a society ripe with problems, but for a moment gave us a front row seat to the very culture spawned in part by those problems.

No one has to agree, just my contemporary view of it…in retrospect of course — which is the way most people see it. There formed a mini-society, if only for days, and predictions would go out the window. It may have remained passive or “peaceful”, as they always refer to it, but it could have gone the other way too.

Between all the things that converged on the site, that nothing “happened” is seen as a good thing. Of course, there was the mounds of garbage left behind and amounts of drugs used. Sure there were probably friendships formed, and innocence lost. Sure it showed the world “something”. (exactly what is still debatable) It may have proved something to people about people — open to interpretation including my own — but it also asked some things and highlighted some not so good things about youth, culture or counter culture, society at large, and what anyone’s view o f it is at a given time. Questions unanswered. It’s all subjective, so they say, there are no absolutes… except in protests.

It may have worked out okay, if you mean did not end in complete disaster. It may have proved a possibility, that the experiment survived. According to some beliefs, the stars aligned and auras merged under the banner of peace and love. It could have gone the other way as well. Since it did not, some will believe it went according to plan. What plan?

They insist it shows this is the way it works, can work….though not always and doesn’t have to. So they can be proud, but for what, that it didn’t go over the edge? The name was not even original. Necessities demanded a premium. Then it turned into commercialization. Some never made it but later claimed to be there.

Then, finally, as with everything else history related, it needs to be put in context – the real one, not the pretend fantasy. It is no good to ignore the context.

While the article is a good primer on Woodstock, that was then this is now. Since they (radicals and utopian ideologues) are now in some of the highest offices, its time for a different look at society.

That signage above could fit in DC, or maybe on the South Lawn. The underwriting sponsor could be the “progressives” or the DNC, or Democrats by generic name. It’s a great symbol for Leftists in the Capitol. They’ve seized it and politics now are the means, not the disease. Of course, it’s a lot of symbolism but what isn’t these days? Being slain by nostalgia is no substitute for facing reality.