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Imagine it's 1969, and there's this thing called rock music ...

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Imagine this is 1969. You’re roughly 70 years old. You’re remembering 50 years ago. The great guns of Europe have stopped. The industrial slaughter of a world war is over. You think in your youthful way that in 1919 peace will bloom. A League of Nations was only a year away. You couldn't know the Second World War was only 20 years away. Between the two, there were lesser conflicts and one giant revolution and civil war for the soul of Russia. The world was moving on tectonic plates of change. Forces were at play redefining the landscape.

Woodstock wasn’t a mass movement of single purpose. It was not political per se. But in the personnel en masse it seemed to become so.Credit:Alamy

But now it’s 1969. World wars are no more, just regional conflicts, like Vietnam. But there are battles in the streets for civil rights and civil wars. The times are changing. There’s this thing called pop/rock music. Your grandkids think it’s going to change the world. There’s this........

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