Sebbene multiple sexual assaults were reported
, the video underscores what several of the attendees suggest
, that the violence and aggression toward women wasn’t captured by those statistics
Only three female acts were booked (Jewel, Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morrissette), a clear miscalculation. Moby, also among the performers, recalls feeling that the situation was “already off the rails” after a few hours, with the crowd becoming increasingly hot, sweaty and volatile.
Price does an excellent job of contextualizing the cultural forces that swirled around that era
, from what New York Times columnist Wesley Morris calls
“the fallout of the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal
” to the Columbine school shooting to the movie “Fight Club,” whose protagonist mirrored the toxic masculinity on display
Plumbing broke down and fires broke out, while several performers appeared to throw the verbal equivalent of gasoline on them. MTV’s Davey Holmes singles out Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst for his recklessness in winding up the crowd, notando, “Even a liquor commercial says, ‘Please drink responsibly.'”
The most jarring aspect of “Woodstock 99” is the extent to which the images here feel like a preview of coming attractions, capturing resentment that has echoed through the past two decades on various fronts. Journalist Maureen Callahan cites the “umbilical cord between the dark, sessuale, cultural, political underbelly of the country at that time and where we are now.”
As the documentary notes, the troubles experienced at Woodstock were remedied at subsequent gatherings, with the successful launch of the Coachella Music Festival not long after. Ancora “Woodstock 99” makes a compelling case that the sewage from that weekend didn’t stop flowing when the music stopped, metaphorically if not literally.
“Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage” anteprime luglio 23 a 9 p.m. ET on HBO, quale, come la CNN, è un'unità di WarnerMedia.