Glastonbury

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Glastonbury
ABC2  |  September 4, 2011

Imagine if Woodstock, the defining cultural event of the '60s, had continued to exist over the last three decades. How would it have changed, evolved and adapted to a world which was being completely rewritten around it? How much of the idealism and communality of the original event would have survived? How much would the inexorable pressures of consumerism and corporate sponsorship have transformed the founding ethos of the event? And what a powerful mirror it would hold up to the extraordinary changes which have taken place in the way we live our lives in the last 30 years. Of course Woodstock and most of the other music festivals of the era did not survive. Only one did and its name is Glastonbury.

Imagine if Woodstock, the defining cultural event of the '60s, had continued to exist over the last three decades. How would it have changed, evolved and adapted to a world which was being completely rewritten around it? How much of the idealism and communality of the original event would have survived? How much would the inexorable pressures of consumerism and corporate sponsorship have transformed the founding ethos of the event? And what a powerful mirror it would hold up to the extraordinary changes which have taken place in the way we live our lives in the last 30 years. Of course Woodstock and most of the other music festivals of the era did not survive. Only one did and its name is Glastonbury.

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