Woodstock, Manson and the march to Utopia

Timing alone ensured that Woodstock and Charles Manson would be joined in memory, opposing codas to a decade endlessly debated and obsessed over.

13.8.2019

Timing alone ensured that Woodstock and Charles Manson would be joined in memory, opposing codas to a decade endlessly debated and obsessed over.

NEW YORK (AP) — In the summer of 1969, dreams of a new society played out in muddy wonder at the Woodstock music festival and in murderous parody during the Manson rampage in Los...

Timing alone ensured that the Woodstock gathering and the Charles Manson massacre would be joined in memory, opposing codas to the 1960s, a decade endlessly debated and obsessed over. But the apex of peace and love and the abyss of pitiless violence were also born out of similar drives as old as America itself— freedom from guilt and inhibition, a belief in the perfectibility of people and society, a longing for community rooted in the seeming corruption of modern life.

Ecstasy was in the air in 1969, but so was escape, itself rooted in the possibility of a better world — somewhere. Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated the year before and the counterculture’s longtime enemy, Richard Nixon, was president. More than half a million American troops remained in Vietnam and reported crimes had more than doubled since 1960.

“Some of these communes were political radical communes, and some were just students or other young people sharing rent,” he says. “One mark of a hippie commune is that residents shared clothes, as well as drugs and bodies.”

At times, you could juxtapose quotes about Woodstock and about Manson and not know who said what.

Guinn notes that Manson himself “absolutely disdained hippies.”

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it was an outburst and an insight, short and barren in its sacrifice. She went extinct in American pragmatism, money, drugs, and brainwashing. «Goodbye America, where I will never, take your faded jeans» ... Huh? Woodstock was not a march to Utopia! Feels kinda warm. like piss

How Charles Manson cast his spell on homecoming queens, honor students and dropoutsShe’d thought she’d escaped this reckoning. Her husband knew her secret. But now she’d have to tell her friends, her employer, her children. G-d damned hippies! Amazing (maybe not) how many of these followers became Christian preachers, Sunday school teachers and prison Christian outreach ambassadors Crazy. I read helter skelter in high school couldn't figure out how people could do such horrible things for someone else

How Charles Manson cast his spell on homecoming queens, honor students and dropoutsShe’d thought she’d escaped this reckoning. Her husband knew her secret. But now she’d have to tell her friends, her employer, her children. G-d damned hippies! Amazing (maybe not) how many of these followers became Christian preachers, Sunday school teachers and prison Christian outreach ambassadors Crazy. I read helter skelter in high school couldn't figure out how people could do such horrible things for someone else

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