Monday, August 17, 2009

Woodstock was crap

No, not Snoopy's bird friend... People are 'celebrating' the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival this weekend. This stupid orgy-naked-music/free-drug festival was supposed to have meant 'something'?
Go ahead and think back to your own rebel teenage years and any open air rock or music festival you attended and perhaps did some drinking 'n' stuff. Learn anything profound? Right... didn't think so.
I remember a Grateful Dead concert about 1981-ish. It was damn boring. We smuggled in some orange juice with a bit of vodka. The band played 2 songs. Each song was 1 hour and I had never heard either song before. There were various homeless, dreadlock-never-shower "Dead head" followers dancing with themselves who had obviously done nothing but party for about 20+ years.
They were gross.
I remember declining to partake of some illicit substance offered to me by some weirdo guy. After we warded off this aging hippy, I made a joke to my 3 friends "umm, no thanks, already had my heroin this morning for breakfast..." (or something snarky) and we laughed to ourselves watching druggies wandering about.
Besides boring, I found the Grateful Dead concert very over sold and extremely un-enlightening. I did become more aware of my own personal safety if attending future open air concerts and how best to avoid creepy guys.
Yep, real profound enlightment.
So back to Woodstock -why was it crap? Debbie Schussel explains it best in: "Woodstock: 40 years ago, an orgy for the quickening of America's fall" - an excerpt:

"I really don’t care that the “greatest names in rock of the day” performed there. So what? And who cares if Jimi Hendrix played there? Look what happened to him just over a year later. Dead of a drug overdose and too much alcohol. Typical of the Woodstock idiots.
They, the rockers, and the hippies, yippies, and other numbskulls making up the boomer generation at this infest-o-fest brought us free love . . . and STDs and AIDs, single mothers and baby mamas, and a whole new hipness to out-of-wedlock births that has brought us crime waves, sensitive men a/k/a wimps, and a whole lot of other problems. Their sexual mores brought us sky-high divorce rates and a rate of out of wedlock mothers–40%–that rivals many Western democracies."
Right on Debbie... Peace and love back at ya!

1 comment:

  1. Interesting blog. Arguably, the biggest legacy of Woodstock is its huge impact on the real children of the sixties: Generation Jones (born 1954-1965, between the Boomers and Generation X). This USA TODAY op-ed speaks to the relevance today of the sixties counterculture impact on GenJones:

    Google Generation Jones, and you’ll see it’s gotten a ton of media attention, and many top commentators from many top publications and networks (Washington Post, Time magazine, NBC, Newsweek, ABC, etc.) now specifically use this term. In fact, the Associated Press' annual Trend Report forcast the Rise of Generation Jones as the #1 trend of 2009.

    Here's a page with a good overview of recent media interest in GenJones: