Key Passages

-- approximate times given are marked from the beginning of the film not the video tape --

Tape 1

0:01:00  Opening praise
"And the kids were wonderful . . . Nobody can complain about the kids.  This thing was too big (heh, heh, heh), it was too big for the world.  Nobody has ever seen a thing like this." -- local resident

0:06:21  Organizer Speaks
“Worst part?  The biggest hassle is dealing with the politics.” – Michael Lang

0:13:41  Initial Reaction
 “ It was just like an army invading a town.” – unknown vacationer to Woodstock region

0:14:25  Initial Reaction II
“The last time we seen anything like this was at the Rose Bowl.” – unknown townsman

0:16:55  How many people?
“200,000.” – Michael Lang (there ended up being closer to 500,000)

0:17:30  Role of music
"Music . . . music has always been a major form of communication and now the lyric and the type of music is a little bit more involved in society than it was."-- an organizer

0:35:10  Family values
"It really is to the point where it's just family now." -- participant

0:36:15  Freebie
“It’s a free concert from now on.  What that means is we’re putting the music up here for free.” – P.A. announcer

0:38:19  Bad Acid  (click here for an essay by Paul DiScascio)
“People have been saying that some of the acid is poison.  It’s not poison, it’s just bad acid; it’s manufactured poorly.” – medic announcer

1:06:30  Free love
"Well, that's a basic thing, there's a lot of girls here, and they're probably a lot freer than, you know, than other places, and I'm sure there's going to be a lot of balling."  -- young man traveling to the festival

1:10.32  Changes
“Mass change only brings mass insanity.” – young unidentified interviewee

1:12:00  Comment on society
"People are very lost, I think." -- participant

1:12:50  Guru Speaks
“America is becoming a whole.  America is helping everybody in the material field, but the time has come for America to help with spirituality also.” – Indian guru addressing the crowd

1:16:00  Anti-drug and natural high
"All you gotta score is some clean air." -- yoga leader

1:33:07  Answer for the rain
 “How come the fascist pigs been seedin’ the clouds?” – young interviewee’s reaction to the rain

1:37:50  Big City
 “Somebody was saying that this is the second largest city in NewYork.” –  spectator on the size of the festival

1:39:50  Commercial aspect
"Financially, this is a disaster." -- an organizer

Tape 2

0:06:40  Kids phoning home
“Ha ha, fooled you. I’m alive.” – female spectator’s message to her non-believing parents

0:08:15  Army lends a hand
“The United States Army is lending us some medical teams.  And giving us a hand.  They're with us man, not against us.” – P.A. announcer on the arrival of Army helicopters

0:18:45  Speaking his mind  (click here for an essay by Jason Angelichio)
“This is a mind fucker of all times, man.” – John Sebastian on the Woodstock experience

0:27:50  Bitter Townsfolk
“You want me to explain it in plain words? It’s a shitty mess.” – unidentified farmer on Woodstock

0:34:40  Police support
“They can’t be questioned as good American citizens.” – police officer on the kids at Woodstock

1:01:54  Mess call  (click here for an essay by Daniel Gwiazdowski)
“What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000.” – Wavy Gravy addressing crowd on final morning

1:02:32  A little piece of heaven
“There’s always a little bit of heaven in a disaster area.” – Wavy Gravy on Woodstock situation

1:08:46  Max speaks
“I’m a farmer.” – Max Yasgur addresses Woodstock crowd

1:09:01  Proving themselves
 “I think you people have proven something to the world.” – Max Yasgur addressing Woodstock crowd

Copyright (c) 1999 by James Anthony Clewley, Undergraduate at Lehigh University.

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