The Generation Gap - Ned Rupp
Something that really stood out for me in the Woodstock movie were the interviewed adults perceptions of the concert-goers, and just the youth of the time in general. Besides the owner of the farm which the concert was held on (Max Yasgur) and a few other adults who realized what the concert was really all about (peace and music), the adults in the movie viewed the kids as good for nothing, destructive, drug-overdosing delinquents who had overtaken their peaceful town and created massive traffic problems; everything the kids did seemed to hamper the adults bland lives. As if anything this exciting had EVER happened in their town; they should have been grateful instead of hateful (haha). Anyway, although I agree that some things that the kids did (I imagine that many of the townspeople found droppings on their lawn which weren't from their dogs) could have been viewed as disrespectful, they still didn't see the bigger picture and the message that the concert was trying to send. The fact that over 500,000 people could come together in one space and maintain the level of peace that they did is pretty incredible. The concert was also a much needed break from the turmoil of the "real world" at the time. Numerous influential leaders had recently been assassinated (MLK, JFK, Robert Kennedy), and the Vietnam war was causing social unrest. The concert was an escape from all of that. Still the youth were misunderstood and were labeled based on their drug using habits and lifestyles. The adults failed to realize the bigger message, had the done so they may have even been able to experience some peace themselves.