Woodstock, the multi-day concert in 1969, is not remembered with a 50th anniversary concert this year, and although it is an American icon, it's true meaning is often confused with other things.

Woodstock is not important because some hippies got together and did drugs while grooving to Jimi Hendrix. The message and meaning for us is these half a million kids spent three days, in the pouring rain, all dirty and grubby, but stayed there together. This togetherness ended the Vietnam War and started a revolution of thinking, not violence. This thinking revolution is what is important.

Max Yasgur, the farmer whose land the event was on, allowed all this out of kindness, and this birth of love and peace was born in 1969 on his land in Bethel, New York.

Thomas W. King

Shaftsbury

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