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GUEST COLUMN: Original Woodstock was chaos and that helped make it magic

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18.08.2019

By John Kane

In the wake of the canceled Woodstock 50th anniversary at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, you may wonder what was left to celebrate.

After five decades, haven’t we learned that Woodstock can’t be replicated? Although many opportunists looking to make a dollar have tried, they have failed: After the 1969 event there were numerous festival mimics that met their fate by court injunction or community backlash.

The search for permits and locations, the concerns of residents and the theater of community meetings, and the hasty planning that ultimately led to the cancellation of Woodstock 50 all place this latest attempt at a revival in the continuing tradition of the original event.

Logistically, the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair was an accident waiting to happen.

Working on a tight schedule because of a last-minute site change, crews were faced with a flurry of production calamities right up until show time. From a failed roof structure, adverse weather, collapsed fences, overwhelmed sanitation and a lack of food, it was no wonder that New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, a Republican, was........

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