the music festival Woodstock, from 1969, came to mark a milestone in history by being the largest congregation of the countercultural movement of the 60s. Hippies, love, and drugs were able to meet at a festival where famous figures such as Jimi Hendrix stood out. Thirty years later, they wanted to repeat it, but not with the same success. interested in this, Netflix a series of documentaries chronicling the drama of Woodstock ’99.
The docuseries narrates in three episodes everything related to the music festival of the 90s, from its origins and conception to the end of the festival, from Friday to Monday morning. How the administrators and spectators come to narrate the initial illusions they felt for the project, only for later reality to break any fantasy. The festival was created in the first place to commemorate the first Woodstock, in celebration of that exciting event, but the hippies in charge of the administration did not count that the musical culture of the 90s (loud, violent) would differ a lot from that of the years 60. That, coupled with poor logistics and budgeting (lack of security, heat, $4 bottled water), turned an excited crowd into an enraged one.
But the docuseries goes so far as to show the evil and wicked side of any event with a large crowd. If the needs of the people are not met, soon the public will lose patience and give free rein to their worst vices. Burnt banners, collapsed buildings, and harassed women were at the forefront of the unfortunate events that transpired those three nights. A festival that would remind the harmony of the hippies came to unleash the worst of anarchy.
Although the interviewed questions do not manage to find a culprit itself, many raise their heads to be able to point out as a possible cause. Angry youth culture, for one. The incompetence and greed of the big companies sponsoring the festival, on the other. The rock music of Generation X, which tends to be more provocative and violent than its 1960s hippie counterpart.
Still, throughout the documentary there is this sense of regret. From “everything could have been easily prevented”. Although it is impossible to travel through time; With greater wisdom, it is possible that the administrators, today, could have made a more decent and appropriate festival.
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“Total Fiasco: Woodstock ’99″: The documentary about the music festival that failed resoundingly