The mytholoygizing of Woodstock has been a source of books, movies and conversation for years to the point where many even see it as a religious experience.
According to Religion News, rock historian Pete Fornatale, author of “Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock” takes it to a new level. He said he “wanted to make the case that Woodstock was a spiritual experience.”
Fornatale sees the festival as a massive communion ceremony featuring drugs as sacramental substances, hymns like “Amazing Grace” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” performed by Arlo Guthrie and Joan Baez, sermons by musical prophets like Sylvester Stewart of Sly and the Family Stone, and a modern-day re-enactment of Jesus’ miracle of the loaves and fishes exhibited in the communal ethos of festival-goers who shared food with “brothers and sisters” who were hungry.
Drugs as a sacramental substance? What is wrong with this guy? Maybe he’s been taking too many “sacramental substances” himself, eh?
Never mind that the miracle of loaves and fishes wasn’t about communal sharing.
The imbeciles at Woodstock didn’t share their food to keep each other alive. In reality, 30,000 sandwiches were distributed by the Sisters of the Convent of St. Thomas to save the doped up kids who couldn’t remember to eat. 6,000 patients were seen by doctors or nurses working insanely long shifts to keep the idiots alive who were damaged and injured as a result of the concert/orgy.
The nuns, the doctors and nurses were the miracles at Woodstock.
And the only thing people were sharing with each other at Woodstock were herpes and syphilis.
For a comparison between Woodstock and World Youth Day check out this post.