Patrick Butler: Another Look, TylerPaper.com (August 15, 2009)
I wasn't there, but I remember Woodstock. I think anyone who was alive in America at the time, and didn't take Timothy Leary's advice, is likely to.
This article is one of the more accurate - and insightful - reminiscences of that remarkable rock concert. Sample excerpts:
"...The Woodstock Arts and Music festival 40 years ago today could be succinctly summed up as a colossal, mistake and a unique one at that. The 'Aquarian Festival' proved to be an unrepeatable phenomenon and is yet recalled with misguided sentimentality...."John Michael Talbot? He's doing okay, still making music.
"...'By the time we got to Woodstock,' sang Crosby, Stills and Nash, recalling the cow pasture event, 'We were half a million strong, and everywhere was a song and celebration and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.'
"Ah, the garden, an admirable goal. But as Woodstock-era musician John Michael Talbot of the Mason Proffit band - and now a Franciscan monk - put it to me, 'We were asking all the right questions in all the wrong places.'..."
But you know what those Woodstock people are like: counter-cultural.
"...Inspired by the life of St. Francis of Assisi, he sold everything he owned and joined a secular Franciscan order in 1978...."Well, you could do worse.
(John Michael Talbot biography)
A tip of the hat to JMTweeps, on Twitter, for the heads-up on the article. John Michael Talbot also has the Twitter account JMTalbot.