Linking Woodstock to antiwar protest (multiple posts)
Sun, 23 Nov 1997 10:35:52 -0500

From: tony edmonds (


I haven't done much with Woodstock in a while, but my impression is that
it had little to do directly with Vietnam. Recall how much trouble
Joan Baez had getting the crowd fired up during "Joe Hill." And
didn't Country Joe have to call the assembled masses "all you fuckers" to
get them to sing "Fixin' to Die Rag" with any passion?
The guitar on Abbie's head?

Tony Edmonds
Ball State Univ

From: "Kevin Cole" <>

Is your thesis that:

---the act of attending woodstock was in itself an expression of anti-war
---the organizers of woodstock had as their intention to stage an anti-war
---the fact that woodstock happened as it did was evidence of the anti-war
opinions of its participants?

If you are proposing one of these, the answer has to be none of the above.
The fact that many participants had anti-war opinions was accidental to
their participation. Anti-war opinions were a badge of belonging in the
summer of '69. You'd do just as well to say riding the NYC subway was
linked to anti-war protests.


-----Original Message-----
From: Chip Hodgkins <cdh3@ACPUB.DUKE.EDU>
Subject: Linking Woodstock to antiwar protest

>I am working on a research paper about Woodstock, and I was wondering
>if anyone could help me out. Here is a summary of my proposal for
>this paper:
> Woodstock is most often associated with hippies, peace, free
>love, drug use, etc., but it also makes an argument against the
>Vietnam War. What exactly is this argument? How does Woodstock make
>such an argument (i.e. through the atmosphere, the organization of
>the festival, the performers, the actual music, etc.). Is this
>argument effective?
> Many criticize that Woodstock was not revolutionary at all.
>However, as the premiere music festival, Woodstock's recognition
>cannot be ignored. Everyone has heard some story about Woodstock,
>whether it be from that person's friends, parents, children, or even
>the movie "Woodstock."
> By answering these questions, I hope to link Vietnam to mass
>culture. Certainly, not everyone of this generation actively
>participated in the antiwar movement, but everyone listened to music.
>The epitome of this culture was Woodstock.
> I am really searching for evidence, facts from Woodstock, that
>take a stand against Vietnam. Hopefully, someone can help me out.
>Thank you for your time.
>Chip Hodgkins