Woodstock schmoodstock

17 08 2009

With all this yacking about the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, I figured I’d weigh in on the subject.

Admittedly, I wasn’t yet born, so Ireally can’t talk about what kind of experience that event was.  But, looking at it from an historical point of view, my thought is the whole thing was overrated as a cultural phenomenon.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime event from a musical standpoint.  But, it is has significance 40 years later mostly because people talk about it.  People don’t talk about it because it was truly signicant to anyone that wasn’t there.

Let’s be honest.  Woodstock didn’t change a thing about society or cultural. At best it reflected changes that had been taking place for years.

Maybe my feelings are coming from a place of resenting (for lack of a better word) the Baby Boomer generation’s smug assertions that their art, music, politics and practices were high points in pop culture.  Personally, I think the 60’s were more tragic than special.  Too bad my father’s not around to continue a debate on this that we started way back in 1995.  I think he attended Woodstock.

OK, carry on with the David Crosby interviews.

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17 08 2009
HD4020

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: http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20090127/column27_st.art.htm

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:
http://generationjones.com/2009latest.html

17 08 2009
ourboy

Thanks for that interesting comment. I’ll check those links. I admit I’d never heard of “Generation Jones.”

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