Lucy Dacus has penned an op-ed on Woodstock for the New York Times. In the essay, she questions the continued celebration and advertising and marketing of the 1969 pageant within the midst of its 50th anniversary, arguing for a extra truthful telling of the fest’s story. “It’s difficult to decipher whether its aftershocks are coming from the source, or if my impressions of the event are products of distortion through the retelling and reselling of its history,” Dacus writes.
After noting that the unique pageant and its ’99 recreation each led to situations of violence, Dacus writes, “If we are going to look back, we ought to take the opportunity to uncover more of the picture rather than allow the story to be further distorted… It is an insult to the significance of the event to regurgitate its meaning solely through an aesthetic lens, so that its impact is reduced to fashion.”
Read Dacus’ full New York Times op-ed, titled “Woodstock, a Utopia? Not for Every Generation.”