Re: Today is the 44th anniversary of Woodstock
posted at 8/16/2013 11:02 AM EDT
In response to devildavid's comment:
It was concert that came to mean more than just another concert. I was born at the wrong time for it to personally resonate with me. I find it more interesting as an historical event than as something that brought any deeper meaning to my life.
I actually have a "thing" against hippies, but it has nothing to do with Woodstock itself. Hippies to me were people who justified selfish, lazy. irresponsible behavior by saying they were fighting "the man". To me, they appeared to be people who decieved themselves about the dangers of drugs and people who would steal from you rather than work for their money. The general hippie philolsophy seems to me to be very naive about human nature. Most people just used being hippies as long as they could get away with it to satisfy their hedonistic urges. Many of these phony hippies then cut their hair and moved quite easily into the middle class world they loved to put down.
I find it silly that the original Woodstock was advertised as an "Aquarian Exposition" and "3 Days of Peace & Music. The whole notion of an Aquarian age was nonsense from the start.
And just to remind everyone. Sha-Na-Na performed at Woodstock. Heavy, man. ;)
"Hold it fellows, that don't move me. Let's get real, real gone for a change."
I think you nailed a lot of the reasons why Dylan didn't like hippies.
I really never met any hippies, as it seemed more a "West Coast thing" back when I was around 10 years old and hippies enjoyed their heydey...so to speak. I always liked Psychedelic music ( Incense and Pepperments is a favorite) , but I never used drugs, sure I thought the Vietnam war was wrong and getting back to nature seemed like a good thing, but really I just liked the music....never wanted long hair, beads around my neck and I hate tattoos and pierceing ( those are mor Punk things, but they emerged form the counterculture of hippiedom).
The teenagers I knew in the late sixties were kids of some of my fathers neighbors , we had a few "older" kids living in our neighborhood and none of them embraced the hippie culture or at least didn't appear to be inclined to.
I tend to agree with David and Dylan, Hippies were right to protest against Vietnam, they were right about getting back to nature, the music they liked was good. Most everything else they stood for was just being rebellious for the sake of being rebellious. The so- called counter-culture certainly had it's good points, but it was loaded with flawed logic, mostly designed to keep young people from working harder than they had to.