Posted in music on August 13, 2009

'As an authentic Woodstock attendee (or should I say victim?), I hate to rain on the procession of warm memories and good vibrations, but I will say this: wake up, folks. For some--maybe quite a few of us--who made the journey, Woodstock was, if not a nightmare, then a massive, teeming, squalid mess. If you like colossal traffic jams, torrential rain, reeking portable johns, barely edible food, and sprawling, disorganized crowds, then you would have found Woodstock a treat. For those of us who saw those things as a hassle, good music did not necessarily offset the discomfort' [Newsweek]

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Comments (57)

awesome

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:04 PM

hypocrites see all

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:05 PM

Sounds like a few of my prissy friends who wouldn't survive an hour at Bonnaroo or the mudfest that was APW. I have fun in those conditions and people like that should just stay away so we don't have to put up with their whining.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:06 PM

what's this woodstock thing? Just sounds like Bonnaroo light.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:06 PM

what about the nine inch nails and green day mud fights? the awesome cranberries set? les claypool telling the audience they had small genitals? woodstock is a national treasure!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:08 PM

Sounds like someone got old.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:09 PM

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Posted by J | August 13, 2009 5:11 PM

every other generation > baby boomers

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:12 PM

wow, it's the grandfather of BV commenters.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:17 PM

thanks debbie downer

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:17 PM

you tell em grandpa!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:21 PM

Hahaa, Mark Hosenball is a tool. He had no business heading up there in the first place.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:22 PM

Ji-MEH Hendrix

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:23 PM

He's cranky cause he didn't get laid there.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:41 PM

Just because you're a wuss and peaced out early doesn't mean Woodstock sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:41 PM

"Sounds like a few of my prissy friends who wouldn't survive an hour at Bonnaroo or the mudfest that was APW"

Go spend a week in Iraq or Palestine Asshole!!!

Posted by Mac 2 Nite | August 13, 2009 6:10 PM

^

I'm sure you have, doooooosh!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 6:25 PM

This is why I avoid most multi-day outdoor concerts; however, I try not to rain on the parade of someone who enjoys these types of things.

Posted by The End of Irony | August 13, 2009 6:29 PM

I gotta say the rain- and mud-fest that was APW this year was tremendous fun and totally worthwhile to play and mess around in once we were there. Good music & a silly, dancey, fun vibe. It was a totally different story immediately prior to going back out for days 2 and 3, when it was sorta dreadful to gear up again and again for the messy conditions, so I get it if the idea of going into a mud-pit to listen to music doesn't appeal. On the other hand, if your going to these three day festivals, shouldn't you already be aware (or at least assume) some degree of clusterfvckedness, messiness or discomfort of some kind?

And I'm sorry, anyone who thinks Jimi or Janis or the Who at Woodstock wasn't worth the rain and mud and gustatory unpleasantness needs their head checked. Name a more singular or iconic American music festival in 40 years. You were there, dude. Appreciate that.

Posted by MJ | August 13, 2009 6:58 PM

coke bottle showers at bonnaroo i will always remember. you guys who stay away from these things have no sense of fun. if i was around in 1969 and missed woodstock id probably regret it every day of my life.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 7:28 PM

if you were at woodstock and can remember it, you were NOT actually there.

Posted by michael lang | August 13, 2009 7:49 PM

all of those woodstock bands played nyc in the year leading up to the festival. so all of you too cool for fucking school kids who think grandpa is being a jerk with his comment just remember if you really were too cool for school in 1969 you would have been, "i'm not going to some big assed mud pit to camp with these trust fund hippie kids to see a bunch of bands i caught on sullivan street last year. the movements over man!!!"

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 8:40 PM

5:17 fucking wins

hilarious

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 9:11 PM

I don't care if you call me a pussy. You couldn't even pay me to sit out in the sun/rain or mud being crammed with filthy people try to surivive on overpriced food/beer at most festivals.

Posted by Justin Leon | August 14, 2009 2:55 AM

BV bunch of wimpy NYC hipster. Go to a few festivals in Europe and we will talk

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 8:54 AM

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Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 9:25 AM

Sounds just like Williamsburg!

squalid mess (union pool?)
colossal traffic jams (streets clogged with fixies)
torrential rain (summer '09)
reeking portable johns (choose your own)
barely edible food (Anna Maria's, etc.)
sprawling, disorganized crowds (yeah, it can get ugly waiting for your fro-yo at Tasty D)

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 9:55 AM

NEEERRRRD!

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 1:58 PM

"crammed with filthy people try to survive on overpriced food/beer"

Welcome to New York.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 2:07 PM

"Woodstock was, if not a nightmare, then a massive, teeming, squalid mess."

Woodstock called and said "precisely, i hated you back first" oooh! cold dissed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 2:09 PM

Woodstock was a different animal than all these other festivals like bonaroo. Bonaroo has 80-100,000 people. Woodstock had half a million with no amenities like good food or clean portapoties. It sounds uterly miserable.

Posted by Zach Maxwell | August 14, 2009 2:30 PM

The second day of the festival coincided with my eleventh birthday. I was forty-two miles away in Goshen, NY.

I have always regretted not being there. Now, I am not so sure.

"If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution."

Emma Goldman 1869-1940

"Dance with me, Emma!"

Tom Degan 1958-

www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Posted by Tom Degan | August 15, 2009 11:10 AM

Funny. The mess is what attracted some. Initially, the concert was advertised with a list of bands in the local papers. Most everybody was saying "yeah, ok...a half decent concert". When word was out the interstate closed and crowds were backed up people started to flock there. Everybody and anybody loaded their vans with friends and headed out, prepared to walk the distance. I doubt the quality of bands/singers will ever assemble like that again. The best of the best were there. Not something to be duplicated. And I don't know anyone who resented going. The turnout was definitely not anticipated.

Posted by racendirt | August 15, 2009 5:59 PM

You can't blame the promoters for 500,000 people showing up. That was clearly out of their control. Years ago we suffered a severe ice storm. The electricity went out for a week. several relatives and friends gathered to ride out the hardship. Some bitched and complained and were completely miserable, while the majority had the time of our lives. I suggest that many people when given lemons make lemonade while you sir just make a face and cry about how bitter the lemons are.

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