The material below is being written in here. It will be a bit awkward and organizationally incorrect while it is being worked on. I have a strong tendency to write “stand alone sentences”—> ones that need Cut & Paste work later in order to make proper sense. Please allow me until mid to late January 2014 to make this critical blog all that it can and should be. Allen D
The first Woodstock that was held in August of 1969 was a Landmark Event that both defined and changed America. It brought together the hippie movement in America, and struck a resonant chord in an entire generation of young Americans.
The Woodstock held on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains of New York State helped to define “us”; Us being the baby boom generation spawned from millions of American families that were created at the end of WWII.
The Original Woodstock was not just a big party of a lot of young adults smoking dope and dropping LSD. It was far more than this.
Although Woodstock ’69 was most certainly a Big Party! of about 400,000 mostly young adults, it was many other things as well.
First and foremost in importance, although not often called such, Woodstock was an anti-war rally against America’s military involvement in the southeast Asian nation of Vietnam. Woodstock was a political statement by a generation being drafted into a war we saw no sense in (the author of this blog was assigned a draft number as I was born in 1952).
Woodstock also helped to both define and energize the hippie movement in America. It was the key and definitive moment for such.
Those that were Awake in my Generation knew in the late 1960′s that there was something really wrong with America. And we rebelled. We grew our hair out, and grew mustaches and beards. We were told not to smoke pot and drop acid, and telling us “not to”, made us even more curious about mind expanding drugs, and more rebellious.
As young adults back in the ’60′s, many of us instinctually knew that there was something wrong with a world in which one country was so wealthy and wasteful, while hundreds of millions of people were starving in Africa and other places in the World.
Many of us in the 1960′s grew up middle class, a dying breed these days. We lived in comfortable houses where the mother stayed at home, and only our father’s needed to go to work in order to support us.
Many of us white suburbanite teenagers lacked nothing in the 1960′s. Yet we sensed something was wrong.
Maybe some of this sense came from all the nuclear war drills that were held when we were in grade school, and we had to go to the school basement and cover our heads with our arms and lean against the wall.
Some of this sense came from the music of the day. John Lennon and the Beatles were at the forefront of this, but other groups such as Simon and Garfunkel were important too.
Some of this sense definitely came from the Vietnam War, and the fact “we knew we were being repeatedly lied to” by the United States Federal Government.
Some of this sense came from high school classmates that were being drafted to go to war against their will.
Some of this sense came from the irrelevance of “what we were being taught in high school”. We were forced to read and learn dry dead authors such Charles Dickens, when we would rather be reading authors such as Krishnamurti, e.e. cummings, Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau and Herman Hesse.
Some of this sense came from people like Malcolm X and Muhammed Ali.
Some of this sense came from us watching the war in Vietnam and “the daily casualty count” nightly on the TV news.
Some of us also knew from reading Rachel Carson’s “A Silent Spring” (published in 1962) that the use of pesticides such as DDT was poisoning the natural world—> even poisoning polar bears that lived on icebergs in the Arctic Circle that “had never been sprayed with it”. We knew that “if we were poisoning the polar bears, we were also poisoning ourselves”.
And maybe some of this came from us reading FDA bashing books, such as those by pioneer nutritionist Adelle Davis that repeatedly made the #1 spot on the New York Times non-fiction list.
American youth were primed and ready in the late 1960′s for a watershed rebellious event.
The Original Woodstock held in 1969 was just this.
Our generation got together for a big party, and most who attended took mind altering and mind expanding drugs.
[Incidentally, the author of this blog personally took LSD once, and not at Woodstock, but the summer after at a folk festival in Connecticut that bombed (was cancelled at the last minute) called Powder Ridge. I cannot speak for others, but I had a great trip for 14 hours, and felt closely connected to God the entire time. I also felt a deep love for my father, which was odd to me at the time, because we did not get along that well much of the time. As long as it does not hurt you, or make you nuts (as it did so many of my generation), a good trip on LSD is definitely a life altering event. At least it was for me. I remember distinctly walking up to a Connecticut State Trooper right after I came down, telling him “You’ve got to try LSD”.]
Woodstock was more than a party.
It was our generation getting together to say “Something is Really Wrong with America”, and sharing this knowledge with each other. (Remember, we did not have the Internet then. For us to Share back in the 1960′s, 400,000 of us had to show up in one place.)
Woodstock brought our generation together, until (a) the overuse of one drug or another (not pot, too many psychedelics and/or the hard stuff such as heroin and cocaine), (b) the end of the Vietnam War and (c) the passage of time eventually split us apart.
The late 1960′s and the early 1970′s was a Special Time in America. You could pack a bag, stick out your thumb, and hitchhike across the country in as little as four days. Every hippie that passed by you and had room picked you up, or so it seemed. There was a great deal of camaraderie and love between those of us that were hippies in that era. John Lennon, LSD, Woodstock and pot had woken us up (and a little later than Woodstock the events at Kent State did too).
Times have dramatically changed in America in the past 44 years.
In 2013, we now have amazing communication tools and devices that we could not even imagine in 1969. Computers, Laptops, Tablets and Smart Phones are in abundance, not only in America, but in many developed and developing countries all over the world.
In 2013, the Power of a Free and Open Internet has connected billions of people around the world. This connectivity is especially true in developed nations, such as the United States of America.
Can you imagine what a difference it would have made if when the Original Woodstock was held in 1969—>
If the Modern Communication Tools that we have today had already been invented?
Can you imagine “What if half of the audience or more in 1969 had either a laptop, a tablet or a Smart Phone?” and—>
That there was “Adequate Means” for these few hundred thousand Word and Video devices to Reach and Broadcast over a Free and Open Internet?
Can you imagine that Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, and virtually every musician that played at the Original Woodstock would have been instantaneously heard in real time all over America, and all over the World? with the Power of the Technology that exists today (until the U.S. Government Censors and/or Shuts Down the Internet under the excuse of “Martial Law”, of course).
Assuming that “we had such technology in 1969″, almost every hippie in America in 1969 would have watched the Original Woodstock and partied with their friends from Coast to Coast. And there were at least ten million of us, if not more.
The next Woodstock, the 1st Internet Woodstock, could unbury a multitude of federal government Suppressed Truths, while partying occurred at the same time.
Google, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, LinkedIn, Apple, Samsung, —> please jointly work with my WordPress Collaborative Team to create the above—> for the sake of America, for the sake of the human race—>
And for the Sake of your Children as well.
More copy and edits coming on december 24th if the SF public library is open. If not, to be continued after Christmas—> as soon as I can find a place to get online with my iMac.
This material was prepared by Allen D with critical help from a WordPress Expert in Florida Named Mark J and
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