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Be at Woodstock

The following excerpt is from an interview with David Crosby, of the band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in the book, Woodstock: The Oral History. Claimed by Rolling Stone Magazine as "the definitive study of the mega-concert," this book is a comprehensive, colorful tapestry of expressive stories and voices from Woodstock producers, performers, doctors, cops, fimmakers, neighbors, and, of course, thousands of rain-soaked flower children.

David Crosby is a music legend known for his solo performances as well as his work with the Byrds, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

The Excerpt from Woodstock: The Oral History.

"I remember images. I remember we didn’t just stay backstage. I snuck out and I wandered around; nobody really knew who anybody was. I remember being out at dusk and seeing this state trooper carrying a little girl who had just cut her foot. A pretty little girl. She had stepped on a piece of glass in the mud and he was carrying her back to his car He carried her back, put her in the seat, got something wrapped around her foot and it was soaked with blood. And I watched about the nearest twenty or thirty hippies push this police car out of the mud. And I thought to myself, “Hmmm, something other than the usual is going on here.”

Because there was no animosity. There was a feeling going on with everybody at that point. We felt very encouraged by seeing each other. Everybody was thrilled that there were so many of us. We thought, “Hey, we’re going to change everything. We’re going to stop the war tomorrow.”

Well, it didn’t work out that way. But at that point we were all thrilled with the idea that our values were triumphant someplace in the world. That, at least for this one small space of time in this one little town in New York, the hippie ethic was the ruling way to do. And it felt great. I can’t say that it would have solved all the world’s problems if it had spread and taken over everywhere. I don’t even know if it would work.

But I know that for that weekend for that town in New York, it was great. It felt great. It felt wonderful. There wasn’t any of the classic “I don’t want to get involved.” If somebody had a problem, you tried to help them. If you had a sandwich and somebody was hungry, you’d tear it in half. That was how everybody was doing it right then."