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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Marking time.....

It's the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. I wrote a post about Yasgur's farm a few years ago.....part of it was for sale.

There have been several TV shows in the last week about Woodstock....I have seen two. Ummm, they were so-so. Of course you all know I was a grownup when Woodstock was happening. Did I go? That would be no. I was married with three small children.....but, I was there in spirit.

I was not a 60's child specifically....I was way too responsible. I let my hair frizz a few times and I loved peasant blouses, long skirts and earth shoes. I went to a few love-ins at Griffith Park, danced a bit but only inhaled second hand smoke.

What makes me a real part of the sixties was my love then and still of the music of the time. I still have lots of vinyl....several concert programs and some pretty awesome memories of those concerts.

I have seen to name a few: Jethro Tull, Zeppelin, Leon Russell, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, CSN, Neil Young, America, Stevie Wonder when he was "Little Stevie Wonder" and was escorted on stage with the help of a bunny hop line of half naked young girls, Big Black, Ritchie Havens, Country Joe, and Jackson Browne when he was a small club act.

I identify with the 60's and 70's. I grew up during those years....literally and figuratively. I had my last child in 1969. I bought my first home not too long after that. I got through another bad marriage by listening to those vinyl 33's. I wanted to be at Woodstock. I just couldn't physically get there. And then there was the shower and toilet thing......


11 comments:

Sling said...

Like you,I was there in spirit.
Long hair,bell bottoms,dingo boots,and denim shirts!
..Those were the days.

cs said...

You guys were just wee bit ahead of me...but I did the Zep concerts, Stones, Aerosmith (when he could dance on stage) .... Earth shoes, Ditto jeans in the 70's

60's -- I grabbed my brother's Beach Boys album and put on my fishnet stockings, while vinyl zip-up go-go boots and flower power mini dress and my girlfriend and I danced in the basement until the big brothers came down and spoiled everything and teased us to death....white eyeshadow and lipstick too...oh yeah baby!

Shammickite said...

Never made it to Woodstock. I heard about it after the event, mostly on the TV and radio news. I had only lived on this side of the Atlantic for a short while, wasn't really comfortable with the culture here. May be my life would have turned out differently if I had been there.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

i was there in spirit also, while the real me was back in portland, oregon working 3 jobs to support 2 sons..i dressed the part and so did my kids, but we were just pretend hippies..

but oh the music..i did get to see jefferson airplane in portland and was zonked out of my gourd on acid and had the best time of my life..ever..

jan said...

I love the music, but was far too preppy to wear the hippie clothes. I still have some of my mini dresses from the time and occasionally find an excuse to wear them even if I have to plan a bring back the 60's party myself.

sageweb said...

THe whole bathroom thing would have kept me at home. But the music lives on forever.

Jennie said...

Yeah, that shower and toilet thing. I'm not sure which age I would have had to be to jive with that, man. You've seen some awesome groups though! And probably didn't have all the mud and stench!

more cowbell said...

Joni Mitchell is my goddess-idol. I was still toddling around when Woodstock happened, my mom didn't go because of me and my little sis. But the music, it was always playing when I was a kid, and it plays in my house now. I'm proud to have instilled that in my own kids. The Bohemian more than the other two.

Miss Healthypants said...

I identify with the 60's and 70's, too--even though I wasn't born until 1973. I think I was born a flower child, though. :) I remember sitting in our basement when I was 10, listening to "Blowin' in the Wind" and crying. And I was a total Deadhead in college. I think I would have enjoyed Woodstock. :)

kenju said...

I was already married with kids when Woodstock took place, but I wanted sooooo badly to be there.

Middle Child said...

Me too...I was 15. My dad had been killed 2 months before Woodstock and I was in a country high school. Apart from dad's death I was a happy little vegemite and I loved "ethro Tull, Zeppelin, Leon Russell, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, CSN, Neil Young"... and the rest Melanie Guthrie, JOE COCKER...still do. I went to see the movie they made about Woodstock soon after the event, when Don and I first met...good memories and how good it is to see that the two people they filmed standing, embracing inside their blanket are still together...how is that ?