HBO has a new documentary out on Woodstock 99, called Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage. As you know, it’s about the infamous celebration of the 30th anniversary of the most iconic music festival. It reveals more than cheerful logistics and experiences. Rather, it exposed the dark four days of torturous heat, horrible sanitation, overpriced food, and aggressive bands that frenzied the crowd.
It premieres on HBO at 9 PM EST on July 23rd, for any that want to check it out. It might be an interesting documentary to watch, much like the Fyre Festival ones Netflix and Hulu had. Directed by Garrett Price, we get a look inside the sorted mess of an event. We see interviews from event organizers Michael Lang and John Scher, plus Korn’s Jonathan Davis. The Offspring, Scott Stapp of Creed, The Roots’ Black Thought, Wesley Morris, and Maureen Callahan also appear in the movie.
“There is a sixth sense that you develop when you spend your life going to venues… I can tell you 100 feet away what the energy in that venue is going to be like. We got off the bus and I was like, ‘Something is not right.'”
There is footage showing smiling patrons walking onto the heat-radiating, moat of concrete with no shade in sight. 400,000 fans broiled for the weekend, as they return to the counterculture garden descended into violence, arson, sexual assault, and looting. Organizers lost control of the crowds and the site. It’s been deemed the “day the nineties died”. Water cost $4 a bottle while mud overflowed the portable toilets. Dark energy gleamed from young males as they released their hostility when bands encouraged them to break stuff.
Fire, fury, and toxic masculinity — find out more when the documentary releases.