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In 1999, a music festival took place in upstate New York that became a social experiment. There were riots, looting, and numerous assaults. And it was set to a soundtrack of the era’s most aggressive rock bands. Incredibly, it was the third iteration of Woodstock, a festival known for peace, love, and hippie idealism. But Woodstock ’99 revealed some hard truths behind the myths of the 1960s, and the danger that nostalgia can engender.

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In 1999, a music festival took place in upstate New York that became a social experiment. There were riots, looting, and numerous assaults. And it was set to a soundtrack of the era’s most aggressive rock bands. Incredibly, it was the third iteration of Woodstock, a festival known for peace, love, and hippie idealism. But Woodstock ’99 revealed some hard truths behind the myths of the 1960s, and the danger that nostalgia can engender.

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    Introducing Break Stuff: The Story of Woodstock '99

    Introducing Break Stuff: The Story of Woodstock '99

    A concert that claimed to be all about good music and good vibes ended with fires, riots, and assault. What went wrong?

    Just One of Those Days

    Just One of Those Days

    It’s the one thing people think they know about Woodstock 99 — Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit encouraged shirtless hooligans to “break stuff.” But is it possible that Limp Bizkit shoulders too much of the blame for the riots, violence, and mayhem at this misbegotten festival? It’s time to break down the band’s notorious performance like the nu-metal Zapruder film.

    2. Woodstock’s Willy Wonka

    2. Woodstock’s Willy Wonka

    No one person embodies the Woodstock brand more than Michael Lang, the cherubic-faced concert promoter who came to fame as one of the stars of Michael Wadleigh’s 1970 documentary Woodstock. He’s also a symbol of how the counterculture has been commodified as a reliable cash cow selling hippie nostalgia. It’s time to separate fact from mythology, and explore how the original Woodstock was in many ways as troubled as Woodstock 99.

    3. When in Rome

    3. When in Rome

    The planning of Woodstock 99 was rife with tensions between the promoters and local officials in the small town of Rome, New York. But potential red flags portending trouble were overlooked in favor of the hope for what Woodstock could do for a community that was down on its luck.

    4. Friday

    4. Friday

    The planning of Woodstock 99 was rife with tensions between the promoters and local officials in the small town of Rome, New York. But potential red flags portending trouble were overlooked in favor of the hope for what Woodstock could do for a community that was down on its luck.

    5. Saturday

    5. Saturday

    A group of friends from Connecticut took a road trip to Woodstock 99 in search of music, adventure, and a great party. The most excited person in the group, a 24-year-old man named David DeRosia, wanted to be in the mosh pit for Metallica. But on Saturday night, his Woodstock 99 experience took a tragic turn.

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