Peace, Love, And Rage Didn’t Tell You

Pinpointing one element for blame never happens in the film, which explores several reasons why Woodstock ’99 failed so spectacularly. The documentary tries to find answers using interviews with event organizers (Michael Lang and John Scher), talent (like The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Moby, and Jewel) and concert attendees, reported Collider, and often provides tantalizing anecdotes. For example, “There is a sixth sense that you develop when you spend your life going to venues. We got off the bus and I was like, ‘Something is not right,'” Moby said in a documentary interview, quoted by Den of Geeks.

The question of responsibility is also addressed by critics such as Wesley Morris and Maureen Callahan, who analyze what happened and how the event continues to effect culture. Whether or not it symbolized a turning point in American history and became a “flashpoint for burgeoning white toxic masculinity,” as the Warner Media synopsis said, can be debated long after watching the doc. But as The Guardian points out, the film doesn’t provide just one answer to who caused the disastrous concert. Rather, it shows how several factors introduced the chaos that infiltrated the entire event. “It’s a mixture of the culture, and the way the festival was planned, and people falling victim to the mythology of Woodstock, that everything just works out into this idyllic thing,” explained Price in the documentary, quoted by The Guardian. “It just all mixed together resulted in this cacophony of craziness.”

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