Cole Storer / 3-7-08 / Woodstock
The film showed many ways in which the cultural norms were changing with the anti- war movement. Lets start with love. Whereas people's parents might have viewed love as something between a close knit group of people, like a family or marriage, the young people saw it differently. They had love for everyone, not just the people they were closest to. They had love for the soldiers in Vietnam, on both sides, they had love for their fellow Woodstockers, they had love for everyone. Their view on sexuality and relationships was changing too. In the movie, there was a man and woman who were roommates who participated in sexual acts with one another, who loved each other, however were not dating. To their parents I am sure that sounded absurd, but for them it was no big deal because they thought of sex differently. I really enjoyed the interviews with the townspeople because all but one of them just said how polite the young people were and how they fed them or how they helped them out. There was one man and his wife that didn't really appreciate the whole thing, but that's probably because they were in the middle of a government declared disaster area. Most of the adults just realized there was nothing they could do so they might as well embrace the people around them and go with it.
After seeing Jimi Hendrix's version of the "Star Spangled Banner" I understand why Mick Jagger thought it was the finest piece of political rock and roll of the 60's. When I saw him play it, when I listened to it, it gave me chill bumps. It was like he was making gun fire with his guitar. It sounded like bombs being dropped at some points. The song basically seemed like a big middle finger towards the US government. The song is supposed to represent freedom, however Washington was oppressing people all over the world. I can see why people would not like it though, and why he was booed at so many times for playing it. It was a little disrespectful, however i think it was a necessary thing to do. He joined Lennon, Dylan, Starr, Crosby, Stills and Nash as a front runner for music protesting the war in Vietnam.