This week the 50th anniversary of Woodstock was celebrated. “Three days of peace and music” that included historic performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jefferson Airplane and more.
As is the case today, there was great social upheaval in 1969 when Woodstock took place, the Vietnam War was raging and the draft was forcing young men to risk their lives in an unnecessary war, the generation gap had younger people and older people in conflict, racism was vicious and rampant and rabid Right Wingers shouted, “Love it or leave it!” at the “communists” they detested…who were simply fellow Americans who opposed the Vietnam and the ugliness of bigotry bubbling up around the country.
It is fitting to look back to that time, when peace, love and music was the thoughtful alternative to the hatefulness and division that was plaguing America.
So this weekend’s music thread is a celebration of Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, for songs about music of the Woodstock era, the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, whether about peace, love, war, protest or songs that are just reflective of those times.
Okay man, it’s like your turn to share some groovy music from the late 60’s and early 70’s that’s gonna be a real trip! Peace!