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Old 08-12-2017, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Xtreme SW Tennessee
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Had just left my parents home in NW Indiana. Had removed to the family's ancestral county in Tennessee. Was 18, almost 19 years old and working my butt off in a garment factory. Had no real interest in going but followed it on the nightly news. While at the time I was not crazy about all the music from that "scene," I like it better than the stuff they are calling "rock" now. My Sirius XM is set on 50's, 60's & 70's rock & country. No new stuff for me.
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:00 PM
 
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I was 15 years old and wanted to go so badly! I remember listening as much as I could to the radio about what was happening...if only I were a few years older...
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:49 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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"We came upon a Child of God..."
The "Children of God" was counter culture communal "Jesus Freak" movement that was popular among some young people in the 1960s in or on the fringes of the Hippie culture. They are pretty much forgotten now. There was a spectrum of these types of religious groups. I mostly recall the Hari Krishna groups but the Children of God would go out in a similar fashion and proselytize wherever there were groups of people (like at Woodstock). When out on the urban streets they sometimes tried to appear quite conventional but it didn't always work. You could usually pick them out. The organization/cult went through some difficulties and morphed into The Family of Love and still exists as The Family International. They still maintain communal homes. The Back to the Garden line is reminiscent of some of the GOG proselytizing and probably referred to the Garden of Eden in some way. It has also morphed somewhat into a kind of Eco-phrase reference to saving the Earth.

Joni Mitchell did not attend Woodstock so her song is second hand information.
Thanks, very informative.

From what I remember that whole era, approximately 1967-70 the moon must have been full the whole time.
  1. The Summer of Love of 1967
  2. The King and Kennedy assassinations
  3. The unplowed "Mayor Lindsay" snowstorm
  4. Chappaquick
  5. The Chicago Police riots
  6. Nixon's election
  7. Chappaquiddick
  8. Woodstock
  9. Altamont
  10. Kent State
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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I remember the unplowed snowstorm, but I also remember his walk through Harlem. It was powerful and effective. How about the '67 blackout ?
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:44 PM
 
Location: La Costa, California
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I remember the first Chappaquick. not the second

But yes it as a tough time to be coming of age to tell you the truth. We had lost JFK when I was 12 years old. And Martin Luther King was murdered in march of 1968, my senior year in high school. And three months later, on June 5th Bobby Kennedy was killed. It was just a week or two before my high school graduation. Lots of us held onto the hope that RFK was going to win the presidency and he surely would have..........it was quite some time for me getting over the heartbreak of this era.
Dave
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:30 PM
 
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There is much that happened during the 1960's that was positive. This is true despite the fact that conservatives give this Era a bad rap. However, I have never understood those who speak positively about Woodstock.

What was it really? I was ten years old at the time, but I regard it as nothing more than a rock concert where a bunch of people did a lot of dope and attempted to escape from the world, rather than deal with them. There was unhappiness about the Vietnam War. There was a feeling that America was being run by the military industrial complex. There was some unhappiness that Richard Nixon was President. There was nothing that going to a rock concert and getting high was going to fix.

On the other hand, someone truly interested in history can point to these events that were hugely positive:

1. We landed a man on the moon.

2. We passed three civil rights laws dealing with voting, employment, education, and housing.

3. We began to pay attention to water quality and air quality. This would lead to the creation of the EPA in 1970.

4. We created medicare for the elderly and medicaid for the poor.

5. We created programs like Head Start, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Job Corps, and the Federal Guaranteed Student Loan Program.

6. Responsible opposition to the Vietnam War would ultimately lead to its end.

7. It was a prosperous time. GDP grew by leaps and bounds.

8. The Surgeon General's Report in 1964 lead to measures that resulted in a huge decline in smoking and lung cancer.

Woodstock is nothing next to all that. However, I admit despite being a moderate/liberal, I never had any use for idle dreamers like hippies or those who believed going to a rock concert and getting high solved any problems.
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:44 PM
 
Location: La Costa, California
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Well of course we accomplished a lot - it was a time of great change, in part thanks to those hippies and antiwar people you don't care for.

You are in a retirement section so I would think you are old enough to remember JFK being killed MLK and the rest. A bad rap? The conservatives don't like that in many ways we did "change the world" but we suffered too the heartbreak of disappointment. Was a very "heavy" time to grow up - that's for sure.

Dave

edited to add: OK I see you were probably too young to understand what you are talking about frankly. I doubt you remember JFK, or the Beatles coming to America. or any of what went into creating the 60's, Woodstock, and the hippies.
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Old 08-12-2017, 08:59 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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I remember the unplowed snowstorm, but I also remember his walk through Harlem. It was powerful and effective. How about the '67 blackout ?
There were blackouts in 1965 (Wagner still Mayor), 1977 (Beame questionably effective) and 2003 (Bloomberg mayor), which was as calm as 1965.
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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Probably giving my mom morning sickness

Seems about the right timeframe.

I remember wondering around age 10 when I first learned about Woodstock if I had been "made" at Woodstock but sadly I am not a product of Woodstock, lol
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:23 PM
 
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No, I didn't go. I had just turned 16 and even if I had wanted to go, my parents would never have let me do so. Besides, we were preparing to move off the Mainland in a couple of weeks.
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