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Like many of my generation my first contact with Woodstock came not from my parents psychedelic stories but from the Sunday comics To me Woodstock was nothing more than Snoopys birdie buddy that couldnt fly a straight line from his nest to the top of the doghouse if his life depended on it Woodstock always managed to end up in the water dish after a few loopy attempts at aviation Which came first the festival or the egg I dont know but would like to find out Not too much later I learned of the first Woodstock Festival that took place out in Maxs field When people spoke of it it was always cloaked in a strange reverential mystique As if it were the most unique experience ever shared by those who loved music loved peace and loved everything that sat still long enough A pure moment of Zen in an otherwise chaotic and turbulent time I wonder how many Porta-Johns they had To me Woodstock was THE once in a lifetime gathering comparable only to the Sermon on the Mount It was as legendary as the Round Table and spoken of in the hushed tones reserved only for truly awe-inspiring experiences When the 25th Anniversary Festival was announced I was very apprehensive How could they attempt to capture that experience again It seemed disrespectful that they were trying to duplicate the first adventure The lightning had left the bottle and they were trying to put it back in I didnt let it get to me too much because I had neither the desire nor inclination to attend I was working out of state at the time and the list of performers didnt excite me all that much After it had come and gone I was happy with my restraint Woodstock II proved to be nothing more than a larger scale Pallooza du jour that bore little if any resemblance to the
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