Woodstock was created by four young men for the purpose to raise money for a recording studio, but because of the time, politically, it turned into something so much bigger.1 Woodstock was originally supposed to host only fifty-thousand patrons at a small industrial park in Wallkill, New York. However, this quaint fifty-thousand turned into an astonishing five-hundred-thousand people in Bethel, New York.2 The four men, Mike Lang, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld, and John Roberts, had printed out tickets for this event and anticipated selling them for seven dollars for one night, thirteen dollars for two days, and eigtheen dollars for all three nights.3 They decided, when word had gotten out there was a sudden increase in pros...
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...ration. The fact that it was captured on a movie was also representative of a new generation where media was becoming part of real life. Woodstock was not only a symbol of peace for the people of that decade, but a symbol of everything that epitomized the time period of the 60’s.
Woodstock became a symbol for a whole generation by the coming together of the political environment, the pop culture, and the current events of the time. The ‘baby boomers’ were searching for ways to separate themselves from their parents’ generation and see themselves as a more loving, compassionate, tolerant group of people. Woodstock came at a time of the youths desperation for authority and gave them beliefs they could live with. They wanted to revolt against the political chaos that they had been enduring during this memorable decade, and Woodstock was a symbol of this for the youth.
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