Wednesday, September 11, 2013


The Woodstock Music Festival, the "3 Days of Peace and Love" celebration at Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York, was not just an ultimate sendoff to the 1960s but also an instance of mass harmonious cooperation that was nothing short of remarkable. In his landmark documentary, director Michael Wadleigh employed a squadron of cameraman (which included Martin Scorsese, who was eventually booted from the project but received billing as an editor) and cut his film from miles and miles of footage into a documentary that often features several split screens and viewpoints. Not only does the film cover the spirited performances (Richie Havens, Sly and the Family Stone, and Hendrix's finale are highlights), but also captures the various facets of the festival, such as interviews with the unenviable sanitation workers or the sweet-natured locals who, for the most part, didn't mind lending their backyards to the half a million festival goers for the time of their lives they would never remember. That is had it not been for the movie.