Sex, Drugs, Rock and Peace

By AL GIORDANO  |  July 22, 2009

Abbie billed that book, Woodstock Nation, as a "talk-rock album" with albums listed as "song suttle". He used the book to excoriate the "hip capitalism" of the event while continuing to stamp his won cultural-political imprint on it.

"It was Abbie who invented the phrase 'Woodstock Nation'", says Krassner. "Even though he's not given credit, that's how it's referred to now. He saw us as a separate nation."

Wrote Abbie: "Woodstock without any politics, without a commitment to self-defense of the nation is a shuck. A tin-pan-alley rip-off. When they say, 'Hey, man, politics is not where it's at,' what they are really saying is, 'Don't bug me, I wanna keep all my dough and the status quo.'

"Woodstock Nation is not the Woodstock movie. People at Warner Brothers brag how they purged the Nation from the movie. Most of the stuff in this book ended up on the cutting-room floor."

Now, in 1994, similar objections to the Woodstock II phenomenon are widespread. In fact, the vulture-on-guitar counter-logo originally appeared 25 years ago as a graphic in Woodstock Nation.

Yet even after two and a half decades, neither the media nor the other elements of corporate America have been able to cleanse the Woodstock myth of its strong political symbolism.

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