Donny York reflects on Woodstock


¬†“My experience of Woodstock was that, for reasons having nothing to do with a drug high, there was just a goofy feeling of magic in the air¬†there.¬† A performer, but not famous and recognizable, I could wander in the crowd¬†and witness that¬†there was an obvious disaster underway–but¬†nobody getting hurt! ¬†I encountered nothing but cheerful human warmth, and individuals taking good care of¬†each other, sharing resources.¬† It wasn‚Äôt socialism, no people‚Äôs committee directing anything in top-down fashion, just one-on-one caring and patience while we waited for the music to go on despite repeated¬†delays. It amounted to a real love-in‚ÄĒnot sexualized, just very¬†brotherly.¬†¬†And it felt like heaven.¬† Woodstock’s lesson for the ages¬†was not¬†that ‚Äúsocialism works‚ÄĚ (as proclaimed in many of the free¬†urban news weeklies¬†back then, notwithstanding emergency services to the festival from the Nixon-era grown-ups); it was that brotherly love really does have its magical power.”

                                                                      -Donny York, C0-Founder of Sha Na Na