Woodstock
Posted on August 8th, 2011

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge

In 1969, a monumental music festival changed our world. More than half a million people came together – united in a message of peace, openness and cultural expression “”…” and demonstrated how a generation could be heard. Today, Woodstock lives on. The original producers of the historic festival continue to carry forward the Woodstock ethos by identifying social, environmental and political causes, organizing communities around them, developing products for those communities, and encouraging creative expression.  (John Roberts Woodstock Convention) 
 
Near Bethel NY
Three Days of Peace & Music
Half -million souls gathered
Towards one direction
 
It was a catharsis
It was a cry for freedom
It was an ultimate emancipation
It was the magical multicoloured phenomenon of pop culture
 
The insignificant group of social outcasts 
Went in search of truth
Have they found it?
We don’t know yet
 
They were determined to go back to the Garden
Challenging the conservative traditions
Revolting against the political hypocrisies of our time
Rejecting the censored truth
 
Deep voice of Joe Cocker
Protest songs of Joan Baez,
Electric rhythm of Jimi Hendrix
Made their intuition strong
 
Battles won, treaties signed and rulers elected
New inventions made, Patent received
Factories manufactured and people consumed
But the empty space was never addressed
 
The cynicism of the Modern World
Errors made by the previous generation
Breach created due to the generation gap
Emphasized in a different form
 
Woodstock Generation was unique
They challenged the world
Not with arms and ammunition
But projecting the necked reality of our very existence 

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