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The 60’s Rocked!

I am a total 1960’s fanatic. I love anything to do with that decade; from the music to the clothing to the peace and love idea.

I’ll be honest here. I have always felt that I was born in the wrong generation. I love the 60’s so much that I just can’t help but feel this way. Think about it…How awesome it would have been to be one of thousands during that time that were coming of age; and to actually stand up against the politics, war, and civil unrest that plagued that time.

Oh, and the unity. You just can’t forget about that. It is so cool how an entire generation united. They stood together in protest and for the cause of peace. Let’s face it, there hasn’t been a generation since that has had that kind of conviction or that has stood united for the same cause. It’s just plain Fascinating to me!

I really do love any and all things from the 60’s. But I guess out of everything to love and admire about the 60’s, I would have to say that it is the music from that time that captivates me. It’s just amazing to me that almost all the music was affected by the conflicts during that time.

Take Bob Dylan, who I absolutely love! His song The times they are a- Changin says it best. The 60’s really did change everything. I’m sure it was also a great time to be a musician. Inspiration for the music was everywhere. What better way to express feelings and frustrations than through music. The music from the 60’s was indeed relevant to the time.

There’s also the famous music and arts festival better known as Woodstock that took place during the 60’s. I have always said that if it were possible to travel back in time there are two distinct events that I would choose to witness. The first being the crucifixion of Jesus, (yeah I’m weird and I know it) and Woodstock. Well actually I would go back to the exact moment on Sunday August 17 1969 at 2:00 a.m. when Janis Joplin took the stage. I would be standing front and center. I would stand in amazement as the psychedelic queen sang her ten song set.

I’m sure there were thousands of people that were asleep at 2:00 a.m. as Janis walked onto the stage. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be awakened by Janis Joplin’s incredible voice. What a way to be woken up! So yeah, right there in that exact moment is where you would find me if it were possible to travel back in time.

I would have also been a total hippie had I been born in that generation. I know this with certainty. Ohhh…I can visualize it now! Flowers in my hair, bell bottoms on and I of course would have traveled to Woodstock in a 1962 VW Bus. I would have sat on that field from August 15-18th in 1969 in the rain and the mud. I would have watched all 32 acts perform and I would have been extremely happy and relaxed as I sat on that field loving every minute of it. Then, when it was all over, I would have left knowing that I had witnessed the greatest rock concert in history.

On August 15th 2010 with my husband by my side, I walked onto the Woodstock field in Bethel New York for the first time. I had wanted to see the filed since I was 16 years old. At first, all I could do was stand there in amazement. I looked up and down the field then from side to side. I then tried to locate the exact spot where the stage was set up. In my mind, I could see and hear all the acts that took the stage in August 1969. I could almost feel the presence of the thousands of spectators as I stood there. I wondered what kind of person stood or sat in the exact spot that I was standing on that day. I’m sure it was a cool fun loving hippie that loved the music as much as I love it today.

Seeing the field, standing and walking on it was an incredible, fun long awaited moment for me. It may sound strange to some, but it was truly one of the highlights of my life.

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Comments

  1. LOL, we will have to talk sometime. My dad was there. He was one of the few who’d actually bought tickets. You can see his car by the stage in the movie. I’m not sure it was as romantic as you make it sound–the stories I’ve heard most of my life are great, but a little more gritty and real.

  2. Well I am a product of the 60’s and it wasn’t quite as fab as you think. Our generation wasn’t united. Far from it. The country was split over Vietnam and the “love it or leave it” group was quite strong.

    I also had the experience of being at Woodstock. I’m Heather’s dad. While it was a fabulous event some acts were better than others. The rain played a big role in some performances. What I remember about Janis was that she was very drunk and didn’t sound good. Her set was also affected by the rain.

    Bands that stood out were Santana (who absolutely rocked between storms); Credence Clearwater; the Who; Blood Sweat & Tears; Hendrix (even though he was po’d at the small crowd); and Crosby, Stills & Nash. I just lucked out to be there but what a weekend. My wife and I also went back to the Yasgar farm in 2010. It brought back some great memories.

    Musically the 60’s were unbelievable. Starting with the Beach Boys, the Beatles and the British Invasion on to the Doors, Janis, Jefferson Airplane it was a very creative time.

    • Stephanie says:

      No doubt some acts at Woodstock were better than others. From what I’ve read about Janis Joplin, she pretty much stayed inebriated. Quite sad really.
      I read an article that said, “Woodstock is known as one of the greatest happenings of all time and –perhaps- the most pivotal moment in music history.”
      I couldn’t agree more. 32 acts by some of the greatest musical talents of all time in 3 days in the pouring down rain and mud. That would have been my kind of party. I think that you were incredibly lucky to have been there that weekend!
      Thanks for your input! 🙂