Hey, thank god, the dream is dead: Woodstock 2009, long threatened to grace Prospect Park, possibly in this very month, will not happen. It’s the 40th anniversary of the festival this year, and the 10th anniversary of Woodstock 99, the malevolent cauldron of sexual assault and mud that provided a sublime eulogy for everything the first festival seemed to promise and then failed to deliver. Or, to put it a different way, as putative festival organizer Michael Lang did to Rolling Stone: “Money. No sponsors.” We’ll take it as heartening that worthless boomer nostalgia failed to arouse itself sufficiently to cover the projected 8-$10 million cost of a free concert in the middle of Brooklyn. After All Points West, we hope to never see another mud-covered bare foot in our entire earthly existence.
Woodstock Promoter Lang Drops Plans for 40th Anniversary Concert [Rolling Stone]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 3, 2009