The Woodstock 99 Documentary Will Make You Angry. Watch It.
I knew what I was in for when I sat down to watch the Woodstock 99 documentary on HBO. When the name of the documentary is "Woodstock 99: Peace Love and Rage", I knew this wasn't going to look at the music that I love in a positive way. I was right.
The documentary started by looking back at 1969 and even more so, at the 25th anniversary of Woodstock in 1994. Let's be real though, 1969 was a shit show as well. But there weren't as many cameras so the assaults and death (yes, 2 people died at Woodstock 69 and at Woodstock 99) did not get captured on film. After they took a quick look back at what was so great at the 1994 festival, the mood of the film quickly changed.
The film makers talked with the organizers, hosts from MTV, (Dave Holmes is still awesome) fans who were in attendance and a few of the musicians. The musicians you might be asking, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Offspring, Dave Mustaine, Moby (there was a Rave tent at Woodstock 99) and Jewel. Yes, that Jewel played on the same stage as Korn, Metallica, Limp Bizkit, RATM, Megadeth and Kid Rock. That doesn't' seem like the right person to book for that kind of show. Was that the way to give everyone a chance to relax? Well, needless to say it didn't work.
The film makers also talked with "journalists" who were not there but had perfect 20/20 hindsight vision. They were much more of opinion givers in the documentary rather than actual journalists. While nobody in the film said "everything that happened was OK", cause of course nobody believes that, their comments were all the worst. It was all terrible and everyone there was an animal and the world will be a better place when we are all gone. Seriously. You and I, the music we love are to blame for what was wrong then and now...and the world won't be better till we are gone. That was the general tone from these journalists in the documentary.
Throughout the entire documentary, everyone is talking about how it was somebody else's fault. The promoters blamed the bands. The bands blamed the promoters. It was MTV showing to many boobies. It was Fred Durst and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was the heat. Etc. I have learned a valuable lesson in my years on this planet. If everyone is blaming somebody else, then it was probably a bit of everybody at fault. More blame can easily fall on the promoters as they clearly did not know (again) what they were doing with the 1999 metal concert goer. And of course, you blame every idiot that tore the place up, started fires and assaulted women. But again, in this documentary you would think it was all 500,000 people that started fires, looted and assaulted women based on the way they portrayed it.
I could go on and on with the stupidity from the festival and the stupidity in the documentary. But just watch it. You will get angry. No matter if you love or hate "our music" you will get angry by this. But you should absolutely watch. Just remember not to judge an entire group of people by the actions of a few. Except those "journalists" in the documentary. You can definitely judge all of them together.
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