Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Omar and Chris' Vietnam War Site

Woodstock/Counter culture
Home
About us
Works Cited

Counterculture is a term used to describe a cultural group whose values and norms are at odds with those of the social mainstream, a cultural equivalent of a political Opposition. In casual practice, the term came to prominence in the general press as it was used to refer to the youth rebellion that swept North America and Western Europe in the 1960s.
 
This movement was a reaction against the conservative social norms of the 1950s, the political conservativism (and perceived social repression) of the Cold War period, and the US government's extensive military intervention in Vietnam.
 
As the sixties progressed, the Vietnam war became an increasingly high-profile object of criticism, and the sense of the younger generation as a class who wished to create a different society gained momentum. During the period in question, new cultural forms that were perceived as opposed to the old emerged, including the pop music of the Beatles, which rapidly evolved to shape and reflect the youth culture's emphasis on change and experimentation.
 
 
The Woodstock Music and Art Festival was the most famous rock festival of its era. It was held at Max Yasgur's 600 acre dairy farm in Bethel, New york, on the 15, 16 and 17 of August, 1969. Although the show had been planned for a maximum 50,000 attendees, over 400,000 eventually attended, most of who did not pay admission. However, no violence was reported and the fact that attendees were remarkably well behaved was particularly noted. The Woodstock Festival represented the culmination of the counterculture of the 1960s and the high point of the "hippie era".

woodstock.jpg

As members of the hippie movement grew older and moderated their lives and their views, the 1960s counterculture was to some extent absorbed by the mainstream, leaving a lasting impact on morality, lifestyle and fashion, and a legacy that is still actively contested -- debates that are sometimes framed in the U.S. in terms of a "culture war".