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Trading Peace for Profits

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Essay title: Trading Peace for Profits

As the Bible says "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under

Heaven". Woodstock 1969, it was a time for love ... and hate. In a country with race

riots and the Vietnam war a single dove perched on a guitar neck changed America for

ever and brought a new light to the world in just 72 hours. Dubbed "three days of peace

and love" the legacy of Woodstock spawned a sequel...Woodstock 1999. To go into all

the differences between Woodstock 69 and Woodstock 99 is a task that couldn't be

completed by Woodstock 2004(which is already in the works). From psychedelic fields

to Wall Street; materialistic movers and shakers of the 1980's and '90's; are our parents

really the long hairs of love and peace , half stoned music lovers of the sixties? When

did it all change when did they change? Woodstock and what happened there after

presents the changes in the views of society in a microcosm. The love and peace in 69 to

a aggressive show of "teenage angst" in 99; what has the legacy of Woodstock really

been Free love and communal sharing to the hyper merchandising and materialism;

Idealism to Disillusionment. How we have changed...can we ever " make our way back

to the garden?"

In comparing these two event one must realize the decades which separates them

and more importantly what has taken place in the world since 1969. The people who were

in attendance in 69. were not part of the instant access world. computers were for

scientist not a tool for spanning the glob to speak about everything from the latest music to

sex with your cyber friends in Australia. America was the still unquestionable the

champions of the world coming out of World War II and Korea. Every child could

look forward to doing as well or better than his or her parents. In other words America

was riding high in a golden age with only one major pitfall; Vietnam. How does a

generation tell the last generation of warrior that they don't want to fight. The war

started by the older generation is not their war. They ban together or they come together

in what can only be described as a "happening" the proportions of which no one could

have predicted. The peaceful shock waves of which were heard around the world, the

harmony and love of which we have been trying to recapture since.

The two events started the same way producers and promoters getting talent for

the show and figuring how much to charge and how much they would make. The security

was minor at Woodstock "69 who was going to storm the gates and fences installed, little

did they know. They hiked rides they walked they came from all across the country and

down came the fences. This wasn't going to happen in '99 they knew word was out

security was tight. No one would get in without tickets. the attendance, Woodstock 69,

expected attendance 150,000 actual attendance 450,000, '99 350,000 actual 350,000.

One of the most common comparisons made between Woodstock ‘69 and

Woodstock' 99 is that in' 69 peace reined and violence was gone, in '99 the media made

it seem like there were all out terrorist acts being committed and

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