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the summer of love

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43 years ago, the greatest event in the history of rock & roll was just kicking off.

before coachella, bonnaroo, lollapalooza, and any of the other overpriced festivals that are heavily attended by models, celebrities, and anyone who can afford a $300+ ticket was the original music festival: Woodstock. 

when the tickets sold out for the festival, there was still a line miles long of hippies, young adults, free thinkers, and music lovers of all ages waiting to hear Hendrix, drop acid, and dance in the mud.  instead of closing the gates, the festival became a free event, open to all.

it is my biggest & happiest dream to have been one of the estimated half a million people who made it to this 3 day gathering of peace & music.  I'm obsessed with documentaries, images, memoirs, and recordings from Woodstock.  I highly recommend the documentary Woodstock, released in 1970.  it's 3 hours long and includes face melting guitar solos and hilarious documentation of the PA system being used to warn people about the brown acid that was going around.  the movie Taking Woodstock is a fictional take on the story and seems kind of ridiculous until you realize how close it lies to the true events.

so maybe today after work I'll go lay out in some grassy field with some round-rimmed sunglasses and blast some Janis Joplin on my iPhone.  I may not be able to go back in time but I can at least appreciate the peace, love & happiness that Woodstock created and pioneered for future generations.

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while I was touring the greater Philadelphia area last weekend, I stopped by the old Bethlehem Steel Works and was pleasantly surprised by what the old industrial center has become.  the plant closed in 1995 after over 140 years of steel production, serving as an important industrial and cultural landmark for the area.  today, the space is revitalized as a center for the arts, casino, playground, movie theater, and so much more.  it kind of reminded me of Berlin or Pittsburgh with its use of old, defunct spaces for a cool, new setting that will help the community to prosper and grow.

my dad was reading Tech Review the day we stopped by the Works, and there was actually a really good pictorial essay in the magazine about the plant's glory days.  check it out here.