Woodstock generation looks back, from varied vantage points

In this Thursday August 8, 2019 photo, Karen Breda poses for a photograph in a garden in West Hartford, Conn. Breda attended Woodstock to see a music concert that included the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the lineup. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

It was the weekend that shaped the image of a "Woodstock Generation," and that image would echo, appeal and provoke for generations to come

NEW YORK — It was the weekend that shaped the image of a "Woodstock Generation." And that image would echo, appeal and provoke for generations to come.

To many who went or wished they did, the pivotal festival of "peace and music" 50 years ago remains an inspiring moment of counterculture community and youthful freethinking.

Some other Americans saw Woodstock as an outrageous display of indulgence and insouciance in a time of war. And some didn't look to Woodstock to celebrate their own sense of music and identity.

University of Kansas American history professor David Farber notes "there was no one baby boomer generation," and no one approach to what Woodstock meant.

But he says it became an "aspirational vision of what countercultural youth thought they could achieve" in the U.S.


Associated Press writer Michael Hill contributed from Albany, New York.

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