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Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music- Jackie Claypool

This week we watched an edited version of the documentary Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music. During class we talked about all of the tragedies that had gone on during the time the Woodstock took place, which included things like the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the continuation of the Vietnam War, etc. Also during this time there were a lot of gatherings of young people to protest the War among other things, which usually resulted in the police coming and breaking up the group by beating and sometimes killing people. Like what was said in the movie by Max Yasgur, Woodstock showed the world that a huge group of young people could come together for three days and not have any violence take place. This was a very important event in history, as the Remembering the Dangers of Rock and Roll: Toward a Historical Narrative of the Rock Festival reading puts it, ‘The Woodstock music festival and its half a million attendees has traditionally been viewed as a portrait of Aquarius—a manifestation of cosmic consciousness more profound than the same year’s moon landing and even viewed by some as “the second coming of Christ.?’
Huge parts of what was shown during the film were the performers. The camera would shoot the performers and then a glimpse of the audience would be shown. I thought this was really cool because it allowed the viewer to really see how the music “spoke? to the people. A major question that was asked during the festival was why they would travel so far to listen to this type of music that was seen as “devilish? and not accepted by the older generation of that time. Many of their answers consisted of how they could relate to the music and how it spoke to them in a way that their parents music never could. I just thought it was really neat how they showed this in the film by not only the audience’s answers to these questions but by the scenes showing the audience listening and singing along to the music and the expressions on all of their faces.