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Airdate: Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage

1999 music festival was supposed to echo the original, but devolved into riots, looting & sexual assaults.

Yesterday Binge added HBO documentary Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage which looks at the story of Woodstock ‘99.

But the music festival promoted to echo unity and counterculture idealism of the original 1969 concert instead devolved into riots, looting, and sexual assaults.

Directed by Garret Price (Love, Antosha), Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage is the first film to debut as part of Music Box, a collection of six documentary films created by Bill Simmons (Andre The Giant, Showbiz Kids) exploring pivotal moments in the music world.

Unfolding over three days of intense heat and non-stop performances, Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage examines how the festival eventually collapsed under the weight of its own misguided ambition and resulted in a grim outcome, earning the event the infamous distinction of “the day the nineties died.”

The documentary focuses a spotlight on American youth at the end of the millennium, pinpointing a moment in time when the angst of a generation galvanized into a seismic cultural shift. Set to a soundtrack of the era’s most aggressive rock bands, the film also reappraises the 1960s mythos, revealing hard truths about the dangers of rose-tinted nostalgia in the age of commercialism and bottom-line profits.

Music Box series, a Ringer Films Production in association with Polygram Entertainment, is created by Bill Simmons. Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage is directed by Garret Price; Produced by Sean Keegan and Adam Gibbs; Executive produced by Bill Simmons, Jody Gerson, and Marc Cimino; Co-executive produced by Geoff Chow, Sean Fennessey, and Noah Malale.

Now screening on Binge.

One Response

  1. I remember the time when that concert happened. It would have been the aggressive lyrics of Limp Bizkit like “break stuff” and the mosh pit inducing heavy metal that affected the crowd behaviour compared to the mellow Woodstock of the ’60s.

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