Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage ★★½

Were Kid Rock and Fred Durst playing characters, or are they really the total meatheads as their onstage rhetoric at Woodstock 99 implied? Ah, the questions which can never be answered!

With the lineup's emphasis on white boy aggression and white artists lifting from hip-hop, how did they manage to avoid booking Eminem?

PS, written and added almost a week after I saw the movie: I've lowered my star rating because WOODSTOCK 99 seems more and more shallow the more I think about it and reads critiques of the film. Essentially, it blames the aggression of nü metal for the violence at Woodstock, while also tying it to violent movies, the Columbine shooting, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal and, most convincingly, the objectification of women in '90s pop culture.) With a few exceptions - the Deftones, some Slipknot, Korn's "Got the Life" - the genre doesn't appeal to me, and I was already too old to be the audience for it ca. 1999, but it might be worth looking at the musical differences between Nirvana or R.E.M. and nü metal rather than simply condemning it. (In the last few years, artists as different as Vein, City Morgue, Poppy and Rina Sawayma have made worthwhile music influenced by it.) The film blames the anger of young white men for the violence at the festival, which is fair enough, but it has no real political analysis of that anger, why it existed then and how it persists now. Instead, we get facile remarks about "Reddit chat rooms" (they don't actually exist on that social media forum) and, very cynically, an ad for Coachella as a benevolent alternative.

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