To paraphrase something T.S. Eliot said about literary classics, we know more than we did in the sixties -- and the sixties are most of what we know.
Taking the good with the bad then became the beginning of the end of an era of excess that began like so many other ideas with good intentions and led to a wayward and destructive social and cultural path. Some took from these events lessons that portrayed the "good" while others were left with insidious drug additions and sexual inhibitions that continue in many ways to plague the U.S., outside of the era of the 1960s.
The symbolic importance of Woodstock, cannot be dismissed as it proved, without a doubt that even the conservative children of the rural (previously unaffected) population could and would join their urban counterculture brothers when the venue had the pull and draw that Woodstock did...
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