Re: Woodstock and San Fransisco

J. S. B'ach (
Sun, 4 Feb 1996 18:10:48 -0500
> In answer to your query....I was in NYC at the time of Woodstock,
> active in the anti-war movement. Woodstock was billed as a very
> commercial event. Ticket prices were high. It was only after the
> breakdown of the event's sponsors abilities to control access that
> it adopted the "free" atmosphere.
I was in Woodstck NY at the time and I, too, saw it as just more
commercialism until the attempts to control attendance failed.

> I remember feeling very ambilavent about the relationship of Woodstock
> and the counter-cultural movement to the anti-war movement. It was

As a counter-cultural, I felt equally ambivalent about the politicos.
Sure I was on their side, but they seemed to go about things in the same
power-trip way as those they opposed.

> I recall consciously choosing not to go to Woodstock, because I felt
> it would be closed to serious anti-war recruiting. I may have been a
> bit doctrinaire in that, but the initial commercial thrust of Woodstock
> was a terrible turnoff to us hard-ass politicos as well as anti-commercial
> counter-culturalists....

Yeah--I didn't want to hang out with those that the ads were aimed at.
> Peace,
> Andy Berman, age 48 3/4
-jim, age 50