Famous Woodstock Quotes And Sayings

These Woodstock quotes will inspire you. Woodstock Music and Art Fair, commonly referred to simply as Woodstock, was a music festival.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging Woodstock quotes, Woodstock sayings, and Woodstock proverbs.

Best Woodstock Quotes

  1. “Woodstock was not about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was about spirituality, about love, about sharing, about helping each other, living in peace and harmony.” ~ Richie Havens
  2. “The only reason Woodstock was necessary is because they didn’t have iTunes.” ~ Daniel Tosh
  3. “Woodstock was both a peaceful protest and a global celebration.” ~ Richie Havens
  4. “When they said “Make love, not war” at Woodstock, they never imagined that one would become as dangerous as the other.” ~ Jay Leno

  5. “The Boston Globe: The Woodstock Music and Art Festival will surely go down in history as a mass event of great and positive significance in the life of the country … That this many young people could assemble so peaceably and with such good humor in a mile-square area … speaks volumes about their dedication to the ideal of respect for the dignity of the individual … In a nation beset with a crescendo of violence, this is a vibrantly hopeful sign. If violence is infectious, so, happily, is nonviolence.” ~ Michael Lang
  6. “But when I played Woodstock, I’ll never forget that moment looking out over the hundreds of thousands of people, the sea of humanity, seeing all those people united in such a unique way. It just touched me in a way that I’ll never forget.” ~ Edgar Winter
  7. “Though it’s frequently portrayed as this crazy, unbridled festival of rain-soaked, stoned hippies dancing in the mud, Woodstock was obviously much more than that – or we wouldn’t still be talking about it in 2009. People of all ages and colors came together in the fields of Max Yasgur’s farm.” ~ Richie Havens
  8. “Over the years Woodstock got glorified and romanticised and became the event that symbolised Utopia. It’s the last page of our collective memory of the age of innocence. Then things turned ugly and would never be the same again.” ~ Ang Lee

  9. “This isn’t the Democratic party of our fathers and grandfathers. This is the party of Woodstock hippies. I was at Woodstock–I built the stage. And when everything fell apart, and people were fighting for peanut butter sandwiches, it was the National Guard who came in and saved the same people who were protesting them. So when Hillary Clinton a few years ago wanted to build a Woodstock memorial, I said it should be a statue of a National Guardsman feeding a crying hippie.” ~ John Ratzenberger , Woodstock quotes peanuts
  10. “Woodstock happened in August 1969, long before the Internet and mobile phones made it possible to communicate instantly with anyone, anywhere. It was a time when we werent able to witness world events or the horrors of war live on 24-hour news channels.” ~ Richie Havens
  11. “He dreamed of amassing musicians from all over the world in Woodstock and they would sit in a field in a circle and play and play. It didn’t matter what key or tempo or what melody, they would keep on playing through their discordance until they found a common language.” ~ Patti Smith
  12. “The Woodstock Film festival is among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn’t trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking.” ~ Ethan Hawke

  13. “At the time of Woodstock, I was just 13, but I used to see these exotic hippy creatures and I did look on with envy. How could you not? In an ideal world, I would have loved to have been a hippy – but I might have been a bit strait-laced. It was my fantasy.” ~ Imelda Staunton
  14. “Describing Woodstock as the “big bang,” I think that’s a great way to describe it, because the important thing about it wasn’t how many people were there or that it was a lot of truly wonderful music that got played.” ~ David Crosby
  15. “When Woodstock ended on Monday morning, over 600 acres of garbage was left behind on Max Yasgur’s farm. It took over 400 volunteers and $100,000 to remove it all.” ~ Shawn Amos
  16. “Woodstock is well known because this country is so hyped on amount. It was big. Half a million people doesn’t necessarily mean something is good. It just means it’s big.” ~ Grace Slick

  17. “Many teachers of the Sixties generation said “We will steal your children”, and they did. A significant part of America has converted to the ideas of the 1960s – hedonism, self-indulgence and consumerism. For half of all Americans today, the Woodstock culture of the Sixties is the culture they grew up with – their traditional culture. For them, Judeo-Christian culture is outside the mainstream now. The counter-culture has become the dominant culture, and the former culture a dissident culture – something that is far out, and ‘extreme’.” ~ Pat Buchanan
  18. “Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million pairs of Levis to both sexes. Woodstock rises from his pages.” ~ William S. Burroughs
  19. “Woodstock was about the closest thing to anarchy I’ve ever seen in my whole life, and I didn’t like it.” ~ Billie Joe Armstrong
  20. “It’s going to be a combination Scopes trial, revolution in the streets, Woodstock Festival and People’s Park, all rolled into one.” ~ Abbie Hoffman

  21. “If every vampire who said he was at the crucifixion was actually there, it would’ve been like Woodstock.” ~ Joss Whedon
  22. “Woodstock – I didn’t see anybody play, except when I was standing backstage waiting to go on, because it was so muddy. And the weather was so horrible, you literally couldn’t get there except by helicopter.” ~ Grace Slick
  23. “After months of playing air guitar to ‘Free Bird’, what really got me into guitar was watching a documentary about Jimi Hendrix and picking up the Woodstock soundtrack. Listening to his version of ‘Star Spangled Banner’ and ‘Purple Haze.’ My brother played acoustic guitar and, idolising him, I thought, ‘I’m going to get a guitar.'” ~ Kirk Hammett
  24. “I opened the Woodstock Festival even though I was supposed to be fifth. I said, ‘What am I doing here? No, no, not me, not first!’ I had to go on stage because there was no one else to go on first – the concert was already two-and-a-half hours late.” ~ Richie Havens

  25. “I know about Woodstock probably as much as your average person who is over 30, where I’d know Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead.” ~ Demetri Martin
  26. “But, what did happen is I went to Woodstock as a member of the audience. I did not show up there with a road manager and a couple of guitars. I showed up with a change of clothes and a toothbrush.” ~ John Sebastian
  27. “People say Altamont was the end of the 60s. It was unfortunate, but at the time we didnt think of it as signaling anything. The fact that nobody got killed at Woodstock is amazing because that was half a million people. We only had 300,000 at Altamont.” ~ Grace Slick
  28. “I’m higher than a hippie at Woodstock.” ~ Ray Hudson

  29. “Just in time for Bob Dylan to recoil from the attention, leave the city for Woodstock, and turn his back on fame.” ~ Bob Dylan
  30. “It’s an honor for me to close out Mysteryland. In American music history this is hallowed ground. I think electronic music has a lot in common with the spirit of rock and roll and what Woodstock had going on at the time. We are kind of the new kids on the block and this music isn’t accepted by everyone so we are still kind of getting into pop culture and I think its appropriate that this festival is here and kicking down the door.” ~ Kaskade
  31. “To come out here and play on Woodstock grounds, first year ever headlining on the main stage there’s nothing more iconic. [Mysteryland] is one of those festivals that holds down the legacy of dance music it’s been around for so many years. It’s been part of what we do for so long. It kinda makes sense to bring the tradition over here to America. The festival grounds of Woodstock, that’s pretty epic.” ~ Steve Aoki
  32. “And it may be that a crowd at a particular moment of history creates the object to justify its gathering, as it did at the first Human Be-In and Monterey Pop and Woodstock. Or it may be that two generations of war and surveillance had left people craving the embodiment of their own unease in the form of a lone, unsteady man on a slide guitar.” ~ Jennifer Egan
  33. “You went to Woodstock and all that trash, your generation is fading fast.” ~ Rod Stewart

  34. “The “problem” is that Comic-Con is so damned successful. People who are there seem to have a wonderful time. The very size of it makes it exciting. Wherever you look, there’s something exciting. The attendees are always looking around for a familiar face. It’s either ‘There’s a movie star!’ Or, ‘There’s a TV star!’ Or, ‘There’s the guy who drew the Green Lantern!’ It means so much to the fans. It makes them feel like they’re where it’s happening. It’s like Woodstock.” ~ Stan Lee
  35. “Rihanna is a pothead and so am I, so we’re real cool. Weed is going to bring us together as a generation. Drugs is what created Woodstock. Let’s be clear about that.” ~ ASAP Rocky
  36. “I was living in Woodstock for a long time, and I thought, I got to get out of here, man.” ~ Jules Shear

  37. “I rented a summer home in the winter on Long Island, I took long walks, and then I ended up moving to Woodstock. It was a fertile musical area and time, and I played with a lot of different musicians there, including getting into women’s music, and I ended up playing with Cris Williamson.” ~ June Millington
  38. “I’d have to say that the 1994 Woodstock completely destroyed anything that came after it.” ~ Charlie Benante
  39. “When my mother was raising me, she moved us upstate to the Woodstock area. Our closest neighbor was a mile away. She planted all her own vegetables.” ~ Debi Mazar
  40. “Chicago ’68 was a relatively small demonstration for its time, but I’ve talked to millions of people who claim they were there because it felt like we were all there. Everyone from our generation was there and was at Woodstock.” ~ Bill Ayers

  41. “I don’t care what you do, I just don’t want to be a mud hippie like you. [From 1994 woodstock]” ~ Billie Joe Armstrong
  42. “Even Woodstock turned out to be a disaster. Everybody was stuck in the mud and people got sick.” ~ Johnny Ramistella
  43. “I’m from the ’60s, but no one has ever accused me of being a hippie. I never had much interest in the Woodstock crowd, which partied to change the world, while real people were starving to death in Africa.” ~ Lloyd Kaufman
  44. “Live Aid was a baby Woodstock, a child of Woodstock, which I call Global stock.” ~ Richie Havens

  45. “I write most of my first drafts on an old manual typewriter, a really old one. It’s a big black metal “Woodstock” from about 1920. I try to write everything down at once, in one sitting. The longer stories in this collection are divided up into sections. Each section represents a different sitting, a different idea for the same story.” ~ Arthur Bradford
  46. “Abbie Hoffman’s inspiration was, in a sense, inadvertent. I wanted to do something to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Woodstock at the time, and it just happened that Abbie died the same year. Hoffman was always an inspiration to me, for his activism and execution of that activism, and any of his books will give you a guide and a map to creating almost anything, if you apply it to what it is you want to do.” ~ Richard Cotovsky
  47. “A few performances have been left out of the various Woodstock soundtracks and film edits over the years, most notably The Grateful Dead.” ~ Shawn Amos

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