This film is a documentary of the famous Woodstock festival of the summer of 1969 and begins at the offset of the festival, with the droves of fans pouring in to what will forever be known as one of the greatest musical and political gatherings America has ever seen.  As the film progresses we see both interviews with participants, creators, and performers within this festival as well as performances by the artists themselves.  With many different people contributing their views and beliefs to this documentary, the audience gets a true flavor for what this gathering was all about. As the film moves through the three-day affair, we see the trials and tribulations that someone organizing a festival of this magnitude would go through, and only then can we appreciate what Woodstock really meant to both the people involved as well as American history in general.  This movie is said to “capture its era like no other movie before or since.”  It wasn’t just about the music; it was about protesting Vietnam in the most peaceful way possible -- with a few hundred thousand people listening to artists and uniting over a common belief in peace.

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

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