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The return of Woodstock?
The wisdom in staging concerts for the 40th anniversary of Woodstock

“Woodstock's flower-power message” may be coming back, said Rachel Dovey in Paste. Michael Lang, chief promoter of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Festival, is planning two free concerts this August—one in Germany and one in New York—to celebrate the festival’s 40th anniversary. And Lang is “hoping for a lineup including some of the Yasgur Farm originals such as Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, the Grateful Dead, and the Who”—let’s see if it actually happens. (Watch Joan Baez at Woodstock in 1969)

Is another Woodstock gathering really a good idea? said Sean Michaels in the Guardian. “The seminal rock festival was revived for a short run in the 1990s,” but there hasn’t been a Woodstock since 1999—because “that festival ended in disarray, with fires, mischief, and traffic jams replacing flowers, idealism and free love.” (Watch Limp Bizkit at Woodstock in 1999)

Well, that happened in part because the crowd was frustrated over having their pockets picked by the “Woodstock franchise,” said Matt Kappel in College News. But if Lang can inject some of the 1969 festival’s spirit into the 2009 event by having some of the original Woodstock bands perform, this could be really “exciting.”

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