July 31, 2014

Woodstock '99: Riots, Rapes and the Razing of the Alt-Revolution

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It was around 3 a.m. when a moment of surreal beauty unexpectedly burst forth from the grotesque chaos that marked the final day of Woodstock '99, soon to be re-dubbed "the day the music died." Perhaps Woodstock '99 was pressing its luck, having achieved a surprisingly successful edition in 1994 despite (or because of) fans tearing down the fences and entering for free. But Woodstock '94 had the benefit of being staged at the peak of the alt-era. Fast forward five years, though, and youth culture had fractured.

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