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March 31, 2009

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For some of us, who either attended or remember the hoopla surrounding the original in 1969, it's clear that that spirit--whether it applies to the music, the performers, society in general and our fellow citizenry--is, sadly, Gone, Gone, Gone.

But 40 years later, more than ever, it's time for a return to a spirit of hope and cooperation and openness. And, perhaps, a time when it is again about the music and not about the profits. (American Idol? UGH! Totally fake. Totally about the money and only by accident about talent.)

One can dream.

Well put. But I would argue that some real talent has emerged form American Idol (Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, David Cook). With the exception of Daughtry, its the kind of music they're forced to make that ruins the experience.

IRG, the spirit is not Gone, Gone, Gone. if that's your memory of those times, then you may have been too youthfully naive to realize that there was little cooperation and openness going on in the world. however, it was easily forgotten about thanks to distractions and other forms of escapism like Woodstock and drugs. we have problems today just as we had back then, and we still have festivals and other forms of escapism to help people forget about them even if only temporarily. think about problems then and compare them to now: conflict abroad (vietnam, iraq), hate (blacks, gays), economy...

as far as this topic is concerned, there will be many constants throughout time to suggest the spirit will live on as evidenced by festivals like Bonnaroo, Rothbury and Glastonbury. there will always be good music, kids willing to shell out lots of money to see it live, and their desire to be immersed in their peers for a few care-free weekends out of the summer. there's plenty of cooperation and openness today with young people. i know because i am in my early 20s and go to festivals every year. i'm also aware that these are put on to turn profits, but many of us are willing to look past that. the part about it being "all about the music" also shows your naivety. Woodstock was intended to turn a profit, just as all musical ventures throughout the history of music. whether you choose to acknowledge that is up to you... i'm just saying. no disrespect.

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