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Old 05-18-21, 01:30 PM
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What Do You Remember About Woodstock?

I remember watching bits and pieces of it on television. I remember seeing artists who were there, appearing on Dick Cavett.

I was 11 years old. I remember wanting to go so badly, and my mum saying hell no. We listened to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young on the radio, as well as Santana, and The Who and the rest... except Hendrix. No one in my school was allowed to bring in his album or play the songs. I suppose it was because he was black, but it was a really REALLY white area. In fact, I never met a black person face-to-face until I joined the USAF in 1976.

It was all peace love dove, brotherhood of Man, good feelings, peace symbols, and Neru jackets. Most of which I only dreamed about. My Dad would fly into a rage at the sight of that stuff on television, calling it a load of useless *****, and slammed the door on any of my aspirations of becoming a hippie. So needless to say, I stayed at home.

My older cousins were going to go, and I wanted to go with them. They started out (in Maine) with their thumbs in the air, but I think they made it as far as my uncle's house in New Hampshire and never finished the rest of the way. Of course looking back, I was way too young to go, but I didnt know. When I asked why not, Mum usually replied, "because I said so", and this was one of those times. She never elaborated about stranger-danger and stuff like that. I'm probably lucky I never got killed - not knowing - but it made me fearless (stories for another day).

Have any of you Foosters actually been to Woodstock in August 1969?
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I was just a bit too young to go... but just a few years later, I would be "draft bait" and Hendrix, Santana and others would ring loud in my ears. (I was already a Hendrix fan...)
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My two favorite parts of the film are seeing Grace Slick on the side of the stage watching a band play. She's sooo sexy. And the second is the interview of the Port-O-San guy as he cleans the john. He's proud of his work and both his sons, one at Woodstock and one in Nam. It's on YouTube.
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the film was so long and I was so tired after a long shift... I fell asleep during the second part but woke up to the most important part - seeing Jimi
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I don't think I was aware of the event until after it had transpired...a lot of the cultural and fashion choices sported by the folks 8-year-old me was admiring started getting referred to as "Woodstock generation" or some such label...don't think I connected the name to the music until a good three or four years later though.
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I once had a co-worker who grew up in NY state.
In the summer of 1969 he had just graduated high school and was working in a gas station.
He heard about a rock festival that was going to be held 2 hours away.
He couldn't get the time off from his job to go, so he missed it.

It had been 25 years, and he still regretted that he didn't just quit that job.
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Hah, yeah, no memories of it at the time, at all. I would have been in my late single-digits ... I have no idea what my mom listened to in the car! I have a strong feeling we never had the radio on, come to think of it.

But she was willing to humor me with Beatles albums and semi-hippie fashions - bell bottoms, steel rivets down the seams, that kind of thing. Later, realized that we were all pretty much just rubes.
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I lived in a neighboring state but my parents wouldn't let me go.

But, I can't really blame them. I was just a little over a year old at the time.

I have listened to music from that era all my life.
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Before my time (unfortunately!), but I remember my mom telling me that she (in her early 20s at the time) wanted to go but her then-husband "wouldn't let her." Different times then...
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My earliest memory is seeing the albums at the record section of K-Mart, and the cover had a naked baby or two on it and it was scandalous, and I didn't even know what Woodstock was. I noticed that it was mainly the hippy posers who were interested in it (we didn't have real hippies in Iowa).

My old boss had a draft number and he said he had resigned himself to enlist and this was a big fling he could do while he waited. There was one other woman at work who had been at Woodstock and she and my boss used to share their stories with us.
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I was in 9th grade at the time. I was still trying to figure out what was going on around me and not too worldly. I never became conscious about Woodstock until the Album came out. At that age I still wasn't sure what it was all about but I thought it was cool. I was just a little too young to be a hippie.
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I was too young to go, but old enough to wish I could. I was only beginning the process of actually becoming familiar with the music of most of the artists, but had enough knowledge of the societal impact to want to be a part of it.
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Wow! You guys are young. I was a senior in high school, but could not afford to go. One of my classmates made it though, but for him it was just another music festival. I lived close to Gary Indiana and the riots and public disruption was more important in the news than a music festival. The problems with the students and the Draft were paramount on our minds. My number was 87 and it changed a lot in my life. When I was called up, all dreams and studies toward med school were closed. Nobody wanted a potential corpse for a student so things changed. But the student unrest was real and it did change the world a bit in 1973 when the war was closed down. Woodstock was just the beginning of that effort. Smiles, MH
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that it happened before I was born and involved people who f#^*ed up the world that I have to live in
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i was born three years later, but i would have if i could have been one of those nekked muddy hippies. otoh, i may have saved my pennies for isle of wight, instead!!
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Originally Posted by Mad Honk View Post
Wow! You guys are young. I was a senior in high school, but could not afford to go. One of my classmates made it though, but for him it was just another music festival. I lived close to Gary Indiana and the riots and public disruption was more important in the news than a music festival. The problems with the students and the Draft were paramount on our minds. My number was 87 and it changed a lot in my life. When I was called up, all dreams and studies toward med school were closed. Nobody wanted a potential corpse for a student so things changed. But the student unrest was real and it did change the world a bit in 1973 when the war was closed down. Woodstock was just the beginning of that effort. Smiles, MH
...my draft lottery number was #9, so I knew I was going if I ever dropped my student deferment. I grew up in D.C., so in 'the summer and fall of '69, was mostly hanging out with the people drifting in and out of town for the big Vietnam Moratorium demonstrations in Oct and Nov of that year. I don't recall any of that being much fun, but I got packed off to 2 years on active with the USNR in Nov of '69.

Prior to that had been the king assassination riots and burning in sections of the city in '68. The only thing I remember from that time period that seemed like it was fun was going to the big Nixon counter-inaugural ball in a giant tent down on the mall. The Fugs came down from NYC, and played all their greatest hits. Wavy Gravy and the Hog Farm collective were there. Mostly it was fun because the police were not busting anyone that night, we were all pretty stoned, and nobody got beat up or arrested.

So no, I did not get to go to Woodstock.
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I was living in NY, just shy of 12 years old, had free tickets courtesy of a magazine giveaway (Screw magazine, believe it or not ), and a ride from older high school friends. But no way would my parents go for that.

On the plus side, my mom took me to see the movie as soon as it came out.

All these decades later, the movie remains as good as ever. I suspect the exhaustion of waiting for Hendrix, the only act I really wanted to see, would have dimmed the real experience.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
My two favorite parts of the film are seeing Grace Slick on the side of the stage watching a band play. She's sooo sexy. And the second is the interview of the Port-O-San guy as he cleans the john. He's proud of his work and both his sons, one at Woodstock and one in Nam. It's on YouTube.
Unfortunately, Port-O-San man later felt he had been exploited and ridiculed by the movie. I suspect that may have come from family or co-workers who teased him into thinking he was being mocked. But I always considered him a hero and genuinely good guy with no reason to feel embarrassed. He came across very well in the movie. Perhaps the follow-the-bouncing ball captions, an amusing touch, might have given the scene the wrong impression.

And, yeah, I was only a moderate fan of Jefferson Airplane at the time, but Grace Slick was stunning in Woodstock.
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I was one year old and I was there. I took the bus J/K ...
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
I once had a co-worker who grew up in NY state.
In the summer of 1969 he had just graduated high school and was working in a gas station.
He heard about a rock festival that was going to be held 2 hours away.
He couldn't get the time off from his job to go, so he missed it.

It had been 25 years, and he still regretted that he didn't just quit that job.
This is the type of story that I like to hear. To me - even though I was no where even close to the age of being able to go - its like missing a once in a century event, like sleeping through an eclipse or something. Its funny how people live with regrets about the would-a/should-a/could-a. I was in Germany for all of the 1980's. I returned home in May of 1989, and saw the Berlin Wall fall in November of that year. I do regret not being able to witness that in person.
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...my draft lottery number was #9, so I knew I was going if I ever dropped my student deferment. I grew up in D.C., so in 'the summer and fall of '69, was mostly hanging out with the people drifting in and out of town for the big Vietnam Moratorium demonstrations in Oct and Nov of that year. I don't recall any of that being much fun, but I got packed off to 2 years on active with the USNR in Nov of '69.

Prior to that had been the king assassination riots and burning in sections of the city in '68. The only thing I remember from that time period that seemed like it was fun was going to the big Nixon counter-inaugural ball in a giant tent down on the mall. The Fugs came down from NYC, and played all their greatest hits. Wavy Gravy and the Hog Farm collective were there. Mostly it was fun because the police were not busting anyone that night, we were all pretty stoned, and nobody got beat up or arrested.

So no, I did not get to go to Woodstock.
The Vietnam draft ended in what, 1973? I think the last draft call was 1976, but I had already enlisted in the USAF before I left high school. I had a close older cousin who was killed in 'Nam on a PT boat, and it wrecked the family for a while. The plan was always for me to do something that wouldn't kill me, so I decided to work on jets instead.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I was living in NY, just shy of 12 years old, had free tickets courtesy of a magazine giveaway (Screw magazine, believe it or not ), and a ride from older high school friends. But no way would my parents go for that.

On the plus side, my mom took me to see the movie as soon as it came out.

All these decades later, the movie remains as good as ever. I suspect the exhaustion of waiting for Hendrix, the only act I really wanted to see, would have dimmed the real experience.
Your parents may have know better.
You may not have noticed the wait for Jimi as ...

Many artists claim that the drinks backstage at Woodstock were spiked with LSD. Roger Daltrey said he was tripping balls when the Who played their famous super-late-night set. But Carlos Santana was one of the many performers who wanted to be stoned at the show, and he made sure to arrive with some mescaline on hand ... Many free trips happened ...
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I remember the older kids in the neighborhood coming home and doing drugs into their oblivion.
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