It is said lightening never strikes the same place twice. The Woodstock festival of 1969 and 2009 bear proof to this adage.
The Woodstock festival of 1969 was one of the pivotal moments in popular music history. It was a three day gathering held in a dairy farm in the Catskills near the White Lake in the town of Bethel, New York. Woodstock was designed as a profit-making venture, aptly titled “Woodstock Ventures”. It famously became a “free concert” only after it became obvious that the event was drawing hundreds of thousands more people than the organizers had prepared for. It resonated with the idealistic hopes of the 1960s; Woodstock satisfied most who had assembled for the event. There was a sense of social harmony, which, with the quality of music, and the overwhelming mass of people, an electrifying influx of spontaneity that swept through the youth gave hint to spirit of the times. The Beat generation of the Fifties could jell with the flower power as though there were no schism. Integration principle had laid the groundwork for the Anti-Establishment subculture to express itself in manifestations as varied as Eastern spirituality, hedonism, anti-establishment drug culture and Marxism and music made it all seamless. Forty years on in 2009 there was replay of Woodstock festival and it was evident that spirit of the times felt at that time had gone.
History is made by events happening at random; but each event does not owe to the other for its power. Vietnam War owed nothing to Eastern culture; neither did flower power draw from the fashion trends prevailing at that time. Chains of events have spontaneity as if certain other worldly agency has had a hand in completing some jigsaw puzzle in that time and place. Never shall these come together; nor history repeats itself. When I see some noise about Caliphate and mindless bloodshed I know the fools are at it. It is the Tower of Babel again over the blood of innocents and persons far greater than them.