The 40th Anniversary Celebration of Woodstock in San Francisco
When I was in my early twenties during the 1980’s era of Ronald Reagan, AIDS, “Peace Keeper Missiles”, and preppy conservative kids – I wondered what happened to “Woodstock Nation“. What happened to this great wave of peace and love that was going to wash the whole world clean of war, hate and poverty? What happened to the nearly half a million young people who celebrated love, peace and music near Woodstock, NY during 1969?
Had it been merely a fad that fell out of fashion like bell-bottom jeans and day glow? Or does Woodstock still impact us today?
I now believe that love – the very glue that holds us together – is a classic that never completely goes out of fashion. Love and the spirit of Woodstock certainly made a strong come back at “West Fest” the 40 year anniversary celebration in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. This free event drew over 70,000 people who came to listen to speakers and the 42 bands that played on 3 stages.
The Magic Love Bus –
Some of the sweetest moments for me were on top of the Magic Love Bus, while basking in the sun surrounded by lovely people and an intimate birds eye view of one of the main music stages.
Scotty, the Magic Bus Tripmiester, waved the flag of peace and love above the sea of people and invited others to also wave the flag.
On this day of celebration, love and peace reigned supreme and the spirit of Woodstock could be heard in the park and seen on the faces of those who came to reincarnate Woodstock Nation.
Now for a Woodstock Flashback Video –