Three Ways the Woodstock Festival Changed Our Culture
|August 21, 2012||Posted by under Music|
On August 15, 1969 nearly half a million people flocked near White Lake, New York for “three days of peace and music.” The Woodstock festival was heralded as one of the most pivotal turning points in culture. The festival was a huge concert event that featured some of the world’s top musicians. And the ways in which Woodstock changed culture forever show just how important the festival was to society.
Three Ways the Woodstock Festival Changed Our Culture – The Draw of Music
The festival was first notable for first introducing the world to the power of the music festival. Assorted music events had taken place throughout the world but it wasn’t until Woodstock that people began to realize the power of music to bring people together. The excitement of seeing many bands in one spot was the biggest draw that made it all the more appealing. In fact, it even pushed the boundaries of attendance at a concert, garnering well beyond the fifty thousand people that the festival organizers originally expected to get out of it.
This helped make it a little easier for more music festivals to pop up. The Pinkpop festival started a year after Woodstock and several other festivals have shown up over the years. These include such internationally known festivals as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Big Day Out, the Reading Festival, Lollapalooza and All Tomorrow’s Parties.
Three Ways the Woodstock Festival Changed Our Culture – The Unity of Music
The second impact came from how it introduced the concept of unity to people who loved music and peace. The country was heavily divided in 1969 with the ongoing issues over the war in Vietnam being prevalent in society. People who attended Woodstock came with the intention of being with each other and having a fun time.
This is especially impressive considering how varied the music was at the festival. People who were interested in the Who, Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead were clearly different from those who were interested in Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie and Country Joe McDonald. Still, nothing seemed to matter to anyone who was at the festival.
Three Ways the Woodstock Festival Changed Our Culture – The Youth of Music
The third and most notable way how Woodstock changed culture is that it created a symbol for the youth of the time. The culture that came from this era is often known as the Woodstock generation. It’s a way of how the youth of society began to have a voice.
The impact of this voice on culture was important. It involved not only the desire to find peace and harmony in the world but also to question the role of authority in society. It made for a very interesting way to make it so society would be more accepting of modern youth. It helped to encourage more groups to consider the youth of society and might have even had an impact on what made the United States lower the national voting age to eighteen not too long after.
The ways in which the Woodstock festival impacted society are interesting, to say the least. The impact can be found in many forms today but the biggest impacts involve how the festival influenced society and how a generation has been defined. It is highly unlikely that such a massive cultural event like this could ever be expected again, let alone recreated.
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