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(Rolling Stone)   The nineteen worst things about one of the worst events in music history, Woodstock 1999   ( rollingstone.com) divider line
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2014-07-31 09:10:41 PM  
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2014-07-31 09:21:40 PM  
Hilarious. Reading that reminds me of every terrible festival I attended in the 90s, and why I will never get near one again.
 
2014-07-31 09:38:21 PM  
My mom was 18 years old when the first Woodstock took place. She even had family in New York who would have taken her in. I asked her once, "Mom, how could you miss the event of your generation?"

"Because at some point, everybody there had to poop and I didn't want to be around for that."

Wise woman.
 
2014-07-31 11:48:21 PM  
There are few more un-self-aware breaches of crowd etiquette worse than crowd-surfing during Alanis Morisette's performance of "Ironic."

What if you're surfing ironically?
 
2014-07-31 11:50:11 PM  
Only 19? There wasn't a single good thing about that debacle. It was the final desecration of the memory of something that, even while seen with nostalgia through rose-colored glasses, was a seminal event.

Of all the things that were wrong with Woodstock '99, it might have survived had it not been for the crass commercialization of it, the prices for food that bordered on extortion, the total lack of water, and the indifference of the promoters who didn't care a bit about the well-being of the attendees. Only a buffoon would think that there could ever be "peace and love" when a captive audience is suffering. The musicians might have poured gas on the fire, but the promoters lit it to begin with.
 
2014-07-31 11:59:10 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: My mom was 18 years old when the first Woodstock took place. She even had family in New York who would have taken her in. I asked her once, "Mom, how could you miss the event of your generation?"

"Because at some point, everybody there had to poop and I didn't want to be around for that."

Wise woman.


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IT'S NOT MUD!
 
2014-08-01 12:42:21 AM  
the link says Rolling Stone, but I think I just read a Jezebel article.
 
2014-08-01 12:57:37 AM  
1999 is calling, Rolling Stone, and they want their..  oh, for f*ck sake, nevermind..
 
2014-08-01 04:59:24 AM  
#1 worst thing about Woodstock 1999?  That it was even held.
 
2014-08-01 05:55:05 AM  
i thought the worst thing was ex-hippies crassly selling their bullshiat hippie culture to the next generation. See also the Volkswagen Beetle.

/fark Boomers
 
2014-08-01 07:54:45 AM  

Confabulat: Hilarious. Reading that reminds me of every terrible festival I attended in the 90s, and why I will never get near one again.


I've enjoyed every festival I've been to.  Of course, none of them ended in rioting and arson.
 
2014-08-01 08:09:14 AM  
I was there.  It was hot as hell, there was not a cop, fireman, security guard of any kind for miles around.  The heat was so oppressive that people slept ass to ass sitting up in strips of shade under anything that would provide it.  There was no glass on the premises, only plastic - people were handing each other weed for three days straight.  I never saw a fight, scuffle, got mean mugged - nothing.  Then with twenty minutes to go someone lit a picnic table on fire and all hell broke and continued to break loose for 24 hours.  I actually stood beside a bonfire the size of a 7-11 while a procession of fire trucks rolled up to it and just as they got there they slowly u-turned and left the premises to the remaining 200K kids to destroy.  I found a bracelet.
 
2014-08-01 08:25:49 AM  
On another note, it's been almost 20 years since Woodstock 94.
 
kab
2014-08-01 08:28:00 AM  
"Limp Bizkit played at it" wasn't top 5 on this list?
 
2014-08-01 08:47:30 AM  
9. A Truck Randomly Driving Through the Audience

This one is kind of cool.

And how the hell were the concert promoters supposed to know that the acts from the Emerging Artists Stage wouldnt make it?  That seems nitpickey.

A Top 10 list probably would have sufficed.
 
2014-08-01 08:53:23 AM  
And yet the Gathering of the Juggalos has been held each of those 15 years since.
Granted it started out as more of a comic book convention but its been a full blown camping festival for at least the last 10.
 
2014-08-01 08:53:42 AM  
It's kinda edgy for ICP to throw $100 bills into the audience at a place where water cost $4 and little pizzas for $12, but then it sinks in it's ICP and all that edge goes away.
 
2014-08-01 08:54:40 AM  
Think about the lesson provided for all the other festival promoters! I'm guessing a lot of slightly bad events were saved by the promoter's fear of gaining a similar reputation. A bunch of gullible kids had a crappy day, but I've been to many festival shows and never been sexually assaulted. Maybe the fact that I'm a short round bald guy had some relevance, but still...
 
2014-08-01 08:57:58 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: My mom was 18 years old when the first Woodstock took place. She even had family in New York who would have taken her in. I asked her once, "Mom, how could you miss the event of your generation?"

"Because at some point, everybody there had to poop and I didn't want to be around for that."

Wise woman.


When Woodstock 99 was announced, I couldn't help but think "wow, someone is looking at the original through rose-colored glasses, and forgot how absolutely disgusting the entire thing was after the first day."

Nostalgia and greed are a horrible combination.
 
2014-08-01 09:03:39 AM  
yeah, the hippies from the 60 were raised in rigid family structures and knew how to be polite, cared about nature, and helped each other out.
Kids nowadays are assholes.
Get off my lawn.
 
2014-08-01 09:09:16 AM  

vudukungfu: yeah, the hippies from the 60 were raised in rigid family structures and knew how to be polite, cared about nature, and helped each other out.
Kids nowadays are assholes.
Get off my lawn.


Werent there reports of death and rape at the original Woodstock?
 
2014-08-01 09:20:12 AM  
If the late-July heat was absorbed by greenery like at most fests, the temperature wouldn't have been as much of an issue.

Ask me how I know TFA writer has never been on a golf course in late-July.
 
2014-08-01 09:22:45 AM  

Gunny Highway: vudukungfu: yeah, the hippies from the 60 were raised in rigid family structures and knew how to be polite, cared about nature, and helped each other out.
Kids nowadays are assholes.
Get off my lawn.

Werent there reports of death and rape at the original Woodstock?


I think that was Altamont.

Anyway, what a lousy lineup this show had. Limp Bizkit is the worst popular band of the last 30 years.
 
2014-08-01 09:23:00 AM  
"6. Dave Matthews: Hornball"

So the big complaint here is that Dave Matthews looked out and saw lots of women flashing him and commented on it.  That's a worst thing?
 
2014-08-01 09:27:35 AM  
I wanted to attend Woodstock 99 but I had to emcee a wedding in B.C. I'm so glad I missed it.
 
2014-08-01 09:27:36 AM  

Troy McClure: "6. Dave Matthews: Hornball"

So the big complaint here is that Dave Matthews looked out and saw lots of women flashing him and commented on it.  That's a worst thing?


It would have been weird to have lots of women flashing him and have him NOT comment on it. I'm pretty sure that if I had a bunch of women do that to me, I'd say something.
 
2014-08-01 09:28:15 AM  

Gunny Highway: Werent there reports of death and rape at the original Woodstock?


One burst appendix
One heroin overdose
One kid run over by a tractor
http://www.cracked.com/article/116_5-facts-about-woodstock-hippies-d on t-want-you-to-know/
2 babies were born though.
 
2014-08-01 09:29:00 AM  

Nowhereman: Gunny Highway: Werent there reports of death and rape at the original Woodstock?

One burst appendix
One heroin overdose
One kid run over by a tractor
http://www.cracked.com/article/116_5-facts-about-woodstock-hippies-d on t-want-you-to-know/
2 babies were born though.


And the rape?
 
2014-08-01 09:30:09 AM  

shabu: Think about the lesson provided for all the other festival promoters! I'm guessing a lot of slightly bad events were saved by the promoter's fear of gaining a similar reputation. A bunch of gullible kids had a crappy day, but I've been to many festival shows and never been sexually assaulted. Maybe the fact that I'm a short round bald guy had some relevance, but still...


I guess the question is: ARE you willing to be sexually assaulted?
 
2014-08-01 09:32:24 AM  
So does anyone know if there were any big lawsuit payoffs in the aftermath of all of this? I tried doing some google searching and I was only able to find information on cases that were ongoing. You would thing that with these colossal fark-ups these kind of cases would be pretty open and shut.
 
2014-08-01 09:32:34 AM  
1) Douchebag attendees
2) Douchebag concert promoters
3) Douchebage vendors
4) The fact that 1999 was like some horribly self-aware teenage version of 1969
5) Rape
6) Music
7) Rape.

I don't think I can come up with 12 more. Might as well see what the article has to say.
 
2014-08-01 09:33:37 AM  

Gunny Highway: Nowhereman: Gunny Highway: Werent there reports of death and rape at the original Woodstock?

One burst appendix
One heroin overdose
One kid run over by a tractor
http://www.cracked.com/article/116_5-facts-about-woodstock-hippies-d on t-want-you-to-know/
2 babies were born though.

And the rape?


Rumor is that tractor was running away from something... or someone.
 
2014-08-01 09:36:06 AM  

Mangoose: The fact that 1999 was like some horribly self-aware teenage version of 1969


Maybe it was an unaware version.

I've suddenly become unsure
 
2014-08-01 09:36:10 AM  
Went to the 1967 Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival

\get off my lawn
 
2014-08-01 09:44:07 AM  
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Still not as bad as Woodstock '99
 
2014-08-01 09:44:27 AM  

proteon: I was there.  It was hot as hell, there was not a cop, fireman, security guard of any kind for miles around.  The heat was so oppressive that people slept ass to ass sitting up in strips of shade under anything that would provide it.   There was no glass on the premises, only plastic - people were handing each other weed for three days straight.  I never saw a fight, scuffle, got mean mugged - nothing.  Then with twenty minutes to go someone lit a picnic table on fire and all hell broke and continued to break loose for 24 hours.  I actually stood beside a bonfire the size of a 7-11 while a procession of fire trucks rolled up to it and just as they got there they slowly u-turned and left the premises to the remaining 200K kids to destroy.  I found a bracelet.


Yeah, I'm going to call BS on that.  Plastic wasn't used in commercial bottling until the late-70s.  Coolers for holding liquids (ie camping) had a metal shell.
 
2014-08-01 09:45:43 AM  

dryknife: 1967 Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival


Thanks, I  just wikied that.  How were The Doors?

 upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-08-01 09:45:47 AM  

Gary-L: proteon: I was there.  It was hot as hell, there was not a cop, fireman, security guard of any kind for miles around.  The heat was so oppressive that people slept ass to ass sitting up in strips of shade under anything that would provide it.   There was no glass on the premises, only plastic - people were handing each other weed for three days straight.  I never saw a fight, scuffle, got mean mugged - nothing.  Then with twenty minutes to go someone lit a picnic table on fire and all hell broke and continued to break loose for 24 hours.  I actually stood beside a bonfire the size of a 7-11 while a procession of fire trucks rolled up to it and just as they got there they slowly u-turned and left the premises to the remaining 200K kids to destroy.  I found a bracelet.

Yeah, I'm going to call BS on that.  Plastic wasn't used in commercial bottling until the late-70s.  Coolers for holding liquids (ie camping) had a metal shell.


.....1999.
 
2014-08-01 09:49:30 AM  
I kept waiting for them to do Altamont '99, but it just never happened.
 
2014-08-01 09:49:35 AM  

Gunny Highway: And the rape?


Using my google-fu only 1 report. But you have to remember this was before the men in our government told the women that if it was true rape they could tell their bodies to shut down to prevent pregnancy.
 
2014-08-01 09:52:29 AM  
....and then we all hopped in the car and drove to Action Park.
 
2014-08-01 10:00:58 AM  

vudukungfu: yeah, the hippies from the 60 were raised in rigid family structures and knew how to be polite, cared about nature, and helped each other out.
Kids nowadays are assholes.
Get off my lawn.


You have got to be kidding.
 
2014-08-01 10:02:35 AM  
So is this worse or better than The Who 1979 Cincinnati tragedy?
 
2014-08-01 10:07:35 AM  

Mugato: i thought the worst thing was ex-hippies crassly selling their bullshiat hippie culture to the next generation. See also the Volkswagen Beetle.

/fark Boomers


This. Good job becoming exactly the thing you fought against.
 
2014-08-01 10:08:29 AM  
I remember kinda wanting to go, but it being so expensive and a very long drive from Oklahoma.

People don't really want to remember how popular limp bizkit was at the time.  Or dave Matthews for that matter.

But I can't remember if it was live on mtv or not, but I remember watching it and thinking Fark that.
 
2014-08-01 10:10:43 AM  

Gunny Highway: 9. A Truck Randomly Driving Through the Audience

This one is kind of cool.

And how the hell were the concert promoters supposed to know that the acts from the Emerging Artists Stage wouldnt make it?  That seems nitpickey.

A Top 10 list probably would have sufficed.


I'm going to call out the writer as a corporate shill since they think of Full Devil Jacket as nobodies.
 
2014-08-01 10:11:30 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: My mom was 18 years old when the first Woodstock took place. She even had family in New York who would have taken her in. I asked her once, "Mom, how could you miss the event of your generation?"

"Because at some point, everybody there had to poop and I didn't want to be around for that."

Wise woman.


I'm the same way. When I hear, "Everyone's going to be there." I think, "Okay, so any fun I may have will be hindered by lots of waiting impatiently and dealing with all kinds of annoying bullshiat."
 
2014-08-01 10:14:50 AM  
I remember seeing the fires break out on TV behind Kurt Loder (who looked genuinely terrified of the coming riot).

I remember thinking that a festival billed as "2 days of peace and love" featuring shiatrock like Korn and Limp Bizkit deserved the fate it got.
 
2014-08-01 10:18:03 AM  

Gunny Highway: Nowhereman: Gunny Highway: Werent there reports of death and rape at the original Woodstock?

One burst appendix
One heroin overdose
One kid run over by a tractor
http://www.cracked.com/article/116_5-facts-about-woodstock-hippies-d on t-want-you-to-know/
2 babies were born though.

And the rape?


You'll have to ask a Republican Politician about rape
 
2014-08-01 10:19:13 AM  
I like Dave Matthews, that is all.
 
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