Welcome to the Woodstock - Preservation Archives
Dedicated to the Historic Preservation of the Site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival

Hurd & West Shore Rds
Sullivan County
Bethel  NY

A Poem by: Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge

Near Bethel NY
Three Days of Peace & Music
Half -million souls gathered
Towards one direction

It was a catharsis
It was a cry for freedom
It was an ultimate emancipation
It was the magical multicoloured phenomenon of pop culture

The insignificant group of social outcasts
Went in search of truth
Have they found it?
We don’t know yet

They were determined to go back to the Garden
Challenging the conservative traditions
Revolting against the political hypocrisies of our time
Rejecting the censored truth

Deep voice of Joe Cocker
Protest songs of Joan Baez,
Electric rhythm of Jimi Hendrix
Made their intuition strong

Battles won, treaties signed and rulers elected
New inventions made, Patent received
Factories manufactured and people consumed
But the empty space was never addressed

The cynicism of the Modern World
Errors made by the previous generation
Breach created due to the generation gap
Emphasized in a different form

Woodstock Generation was unique
They challenged the world
Not with arms and ammunition
But projecting the necked reality of our very existence