- Posted on Jun 5th 2009 6:45PM by Adam Horne
Nostalgia filled the room at the W Hotel in Times Square as stories were told and wisdom was shared by the artists, filmmakers and festival producers who played a crucial part in turning a notoriously problematic venture into one of the most significant moments in music history.
As expected, there was much talk of a possible 40-year anniversary festival. Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang was optimistic but vague. "We don't know if we'll do a concert in New York ... we're hopefully going to do something. That clear enough?" he joked.
Though all agreed that Woodstock was a once-in-a-lifetime event, opinions varied over whether or not younger generations would be as receptive to the festival's message of love, harmony and social change. Some said there could never be another Woodstock, while others remained hopeful, citing President Obama's election victory as an example of diverse groups of people joining together for positive change.
Whatever the case, it was clear to everyone present that Woodstock's legacy is still strong, that the event remains fascinating to this day to those who couldn't be there, and with the help of technology, the festival and its message will continue to be passed on to future generations.