The three-day Woodstock music festival in 1969 was the pivotal event of the ‘60s peace movement, and this landmark concert film is the definitive record of that milestone of rock ’n’ roll history, capturing the spirit of America fully expressed through the liberating music of the time.
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The santana and jimi hendrix gigs are amazing, this epic documentary helped through a gastroenteritis during a full day, I was constantly pausing it to go vomit, but it helped my mood greatly and recover faster!
Literally it was an 3 days of peace and music festival. I´m glad to see all those million of happy young people around this big area enjoying music. The producer of the festival says: "Music´s about happiness, we really wanna bring happiness to this city with our music, and this music is about what is going on right now in the country and things that should change". Woodstock was a social and cultural manifestation.
I'm fucking devastated I couldn't participate in Woodstock. Sure, the arrangements and logistics weren't the best, bad brown acid went around, some festival goers left in an ambulance or a coffin, some didn't like the crowds (!) etc. The fantastically homespun, relaxed, and free atmosphere is still captured perfectly in this documentary. This time capsule is as good as it gets for those of us who were born too late.
It's one of my favourite films of all time, such a great look at an amazing concert that I totally wished I went to. Amazing performances from the bands and a nice look at what was going on there in the audience.
Demotic and grand, both in radical proportions. Makes the idea of community glorious without falsely inflating it. It's the most persuasive statement of humanism I've seen, and the argument is in every anarchic juxtaposition, every bustling crowd shot. On the big screen you can see the gradations of light on Richie Havens' guitar frets!
It's a cinematic documentary with a clear beginning, middle and end with characters that you like. And most of all, there's a kickass soundtrack to go along with it ;). It sucks to have not been able to attend it, but if I ever want to go, all I have to do is put in my DVD in because no other documentary transports you the way this one does; its length allows you to do that. Worth every minute.