Saturday, August 06, 2011

The Gospel According To Woodstock - Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Max Yasgur on stage at Woodstock 1969 praising the 500,000 "kids" for being able to peacefully gather in one place to have, as he put it, "Three days of fun and music, and have nothing but fun and music, and I God bless you for it".

This is a line up of anti-war songs that were preformed during the three days of Woodstock:

-Richie Havens sang Handsome Johnny, a folk song about young men being perpetually sent off to fight war after war.

-Country Joe McDonald preformed I Feel Like I'm Fixing To Die, a ragtime song filled with sarcasm highlighting the absurdity of the Vietnam War.

-Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performed Wooden Ships, a rock song about survivors from opposite sides of a war meeting each other while navigating the horror and destruction left behind.

-Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young sang a cappella Find The Cost Of Freedom, a song about the ultimate price of war.

Perhaps the most memorable anti-war song from that list was Country Joe McDonald's I Feel Like I'm Fixing To Die Rag, which clearly expressed the feelings of the Woodstock Generation about the Vietnam War. So here is a video clip, minus his infamous "Fish Cheer"...




"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." ~Jesus (Matthew 5:9)


Peace, Love, and Light!
Kevin (Cloud)

2 comments:

Tony Brent said...

Absolutely love your blog brother! Keep on keeping on!

Peace, love & laughs,
Tony Brent

Hippie Christian said...

Keep us laughing Tony

Thanks Bro!