Twenty-five of the world’s top performed on the bill; 400,000 young people attended the massively ill prepared, and grossly under supplied festival. (pars. 1-2). Not surprisingly, the only police involvement stemmed from illegal drug use. The Ill prepared concert planners did not anticipate such an overwhelming turn out (par.
John Lennon wrote over 70 of the songs by himself, including A Hard Days Night, Let It Be, All You need is love, Come Together, and I Am the Walrus. An article published at entertainmentworld.com states that Ed Sullivan, host of a popular television variety show, first encountered The Beatles in October of 1963 while traveling on a Pan Am flight from New York to London. Sullivan’s flight was delayed for two hours due to thousands of fans waiting for the arrival of the Beatles from their first European tour. Amazed at the chaos caused by a group that he had never heard of, Sullivan decided that he had to have them on his show. According to The BBC History of Popular Music.
Coincidently, we were both recently fired from our jobs, and we had to go pick up our last paychecks that day. I told him that I would pick him up in an hour. We cashed our checks at a local bar and we were on our way. On the road I told Scott how much fun that the previous night’s R.E.M. concert was and he just laughed and said, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet”.
The draft removed men from swing scene which meant there were fewer people to play in the bands. Because of the need for many materials for the war effort gas and rubber were in shortage and cut short or stopped all together many road trips that the bands relied on to make their livings. The curfews forced many clubs to shut down during their most lucrative and busy hours. This combined with an amusement tax as high as 20 percent in some cities raised the cost of operating these clubs and ballrooms. In addition, racism of the day made it hard for black musicians to tour.
Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell were part of the folk music scene when it came to protesting against or for social issues. Folk music from the 1960's influenced the politics of the era more than any other mainstream media. Singers such as Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan sang about hard-hitting issues like Civil Rights and the Vietnam War. Rock music started gathering followers at this time with some of the most talented artists starting the movement. The sixties were when many artists started experimenting with different sound techniques such as distortion and playback.
(How Woodstock Happened, n.d.) News began to travel fast of this incredibly large festival. Just four days prior to this authentic show down there was an estimated 50,000 people waiting close to the stage. Because of the massive group that showed before the event took place the four organizers; Roberts, Rosenman, Kornfeld and Lang were unwillingly forced to make the concert free. Once the word got out about the free concert, cops turned
This four day concert ,created by Michael Lang and Artie Kornfeld ,was a silent, peaceful way for people all over the world to promote world peace, not violence. These two creators soon met up with two investors, John Roberts and Joel Rosenman. Soon, Woodstock was not just a dream. It was a dream come true. People all over the world proved that prejudice is never the answer.
This event was important because it gained international attention which put pressure on the different structures of the American government to make changes, and finally in 1965 the Supreme Court ruled that segregation on buses was illegal. It also brought the black community closer together to stand up for their rights this is shown when Jo Ann Robinson a head of a group of professional black women in Montgomery says, ‘we are asking every negro to stay off
The Misuse of Woodstock! By 1969, the “hippie” movement had emerged as a group of primarily young people, who not only were opposed to the Vietnam War but also wore distinctive and colorful clothing, engaged in illegal drug use, fornication, and enjoyed rock and roll music. Woodstock was a festival to showcase music and promote peace. Woodstock was meant to prevail peace and good rock music, over half a million people showed up. At first they were charging people at the beginning but then so many people came they tore down the fence and barged in and they decided to just make it a free concert.
Between May and early June 1989, more than 200,000 soldiers from the Government’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were stationed around Beijing. During this time, the party split over how to deal with the demonstrators. A hardline faction led by Deng Xiaoping proposed martial law, while a reform faction led by Zhao Ziyang attempted to convince the students to cease their protesting peacefully. The days between the 3rd and 4th of June became the climax of the protests, gaining widespread publicity. When the crowd had refused to disperse by the 4am deadline, troops began to fire on the protesters in order to clear the square for the impending visit of USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev.