Aug 14, 2009

From free love to narcissism

It's forty years since Woodstock and the Summer of Love of '69. It’s little wonder that Gen Xers and Gen Ys take a jaundiced view of Woodstock nostalgia.

The fortieth anniversary of Woodstock is a time to reflect on the awesome power of the market. Its ability to colonise, corrupt and suck the life out of all that is good and noble and inspirational is unbounded.


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18 thoughts on “From free love to narcissism

  1. Bullmore's Ghost

    “Ticket holders were frisked on the way in to ensure they carried no contraband bottles of water.”

    Haha. Imagine if it had’ve rained. Man races onto stage to interrupt proceedings and announce that anybody caught drinking rainwater will be thrown out?

    And Clive: whats’ with the censored words: r-ape, s-ex, etc. ???

  2. Clive Hamilton

    Bullmore. Crikey has to put hyphens in otherwise some filters will block access.

  3. Captain Planet

    Michael Butler,

    I suggest you read the article again. There is very litte of “foggy-eyed reminiscences for the days when you could wear flowers in your hair (etc)” and a whole lot of detailed and insightful analysis of the latter day hypocrisy of the boomer generation, most of which agrees almost chapter and verse with your points. You and the author are actually in almost complete agreement, it’s just that you don’t realise it.

  4. gef05

    “The victories of the social movements of the sixties and seventies were necessary and inevitable. The sexual revolution blew away strictures that caused so much misery — the shame of pre-marital s-x, imprisonment in unhappy marriages and the neuroses that stood in the way of s-xual pleasure.”

    What planet do you live on? WHERE are these strictures blown away?

  5. Tom Hawkins

    Clive, One might get the impression reading you piece that all young people in ’69 were into ‘peace, love and understanding’. Despite the massive profile Woodstock gave to alternate views of the world (thanks to massively successful marketing) most young people back then were not ‘hippies’ nor did they genuinely relate to ‘hippy ideals’. Hippies were a very small minority. Most of those who attended the festival were either back at college or punching time clocks once the holiday season ended.

    Woodstock was indeed an “amazing and beautiful accident” and attempts to repeat the experience didn’t come close.

  6. John Adams

    Was a refreshing read Clive, but its what I’ve always figured… One just just needs to look at all the festivals on nowadays, 1 every month, heavily marketed and sponsored, Channel V, Triple J get there 2cents worth. Sadly, its not about the music or feel-good vibe any more but how much you can squeeze through the gate. The kids love the music for sure, but the adults are just turning them upside down for every last cent, $5 for water, $10 beer, $150 ticket… exploitation much, they should be ashamed!

    Capitalism and free market greed are dirty words in my book, it only helps the men at the top and I thought pyramid schemes were illegal

    The endless race of money is chocking humanity and until people realise this, it’ll just keep getting more and more ruthless and cut-throat. Abolish money would be a good place to start and is possible.

    But…there is a solution! If you open your mind. its free to watch and offers a glimpse of what is possible.
    Please remember that truth is realised, not told. So do some research and educate yourself, analyse everything!

    “Life is just a ride and we can change it any time we want” – Bill Hicks

  7. juicyrain

    I think something we might be missing here is the growing culture of political and social awareness of the younger generation. We’re not all completely disillusioned by corporate capitalist culture, and I think it’s a fallacy to say that young people don’t care or are totally self-obsessed. Much mainstream culture paints us all with the same brush of apathy and in my experience it’s often not deserved…

  8. Michael Butler

    Captain Planet,
    I was just venting my spleen – as you’ve probably noticed, baby boomers and their endless love affair with themselves really get my goat.
    (A particular favourite was the boomer who earnestly tried to explain, in the aftermath of the commemorations of the 50th aniversary of D-Day, that the boomers were actually braver than the soldiers who fought in WWII. Something along the lines of said soldiers ‘only’ requiring physical courage, whereas the hippies, yippies et al required moral courage. I’m really not making this up.)

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