It’s hard to understand what the 60’s were to all of us. It was a time of hate. Vietnam was waging war every night on our TV’s. Our universities had become the center of anti-war protests. Civil right marches turned violent in our cities. In Chicago, the Democratic Convention had gone wild. And the power base took on the people to subjugate and in a field in New York . . . The people came, played and stayed.
They’ll say it was a money thing . . . But the big names were hired to play, and they came. No one ever thought that many would . . . But they did.
Names like; Joan Baez, The Band, Blood, Seat & Tears, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Country Joe McDonald and The Fish, CCR, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Grateful Dead, Arlo Guthrie, Tim Hardin, The Keef Hartley Band, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Incredible String Band, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Melanie, Mountain, Quill, Santana, John Sebastian, Sha-Na-Na, Ravi Shanker, Sly and The Family Stone, Bert Sommer, Sweetwater, Ten Years After, The Who, Johnny Winter.
Woodstock the music, with songs like; Strawberry fields For Ever, If I were A Carpenter, Beautiful People, We shall Overcome, Soul Sacrifice, Born on the Bayou, Dance to the Music, White Rabbit, With a little help from my Friends, Purple Haze and Jemi Hendrix rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
And Woodstock became a symbol . . . No one truly admits such a thing, but it was the first time such a large crowd came together and lived peacefully. And looking back, they came with a purpose in mind, to live free, free of rules . . . Freedom to live as they choose.
And today, we are tiptoeing around the movement to take us back to the days before . . . When rules were meant for some and the rest they were above the law. A world of white shirts and black ties, civil unrest was everywhere . . . And just a year before Martin Luther was shot and killed. And in a field, the people looked past their differences enjoy a day, a rainy weekend.
I remember the pictures, they were all of an X rating . . . Everyone seemed to focus on the obsession of Drugs, Sex and Rock and Roll. But no one told the true story . . . Anthropologically, all tribes came together and behaved, lived in harmony. And it set a tone, a voice to be reckoned with . . . And our leaders they knew, the people knew.
And no one wants to remember . . . The Senate voted down a request to make that field into a museum. We should be outraged, for all Americans those three days were a moment that changed everything for generations to come. It was a flicker of light that gave the American People HOPE . . . Opening doors to the American Dream for all, not just those lacking color. Dreams Are Yours To Share.
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