Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Television Tuesday: "Trainwreck: Woodstock '99"

I love a good documentary. I always enjoy learning something new about a subject whether I know a lot or a little about it. I had some memories of Woodstock '99 as I was a teenager then and witnessed on the television how it had descended into pure chaos. I didn't know a ton about what occurred, however, and the documentary, "Trainwreck: Woodstock '99," does a fantastic job delving into just what went wrong...which was basically everything.

There are three episodes that spend a lot of time focusing on the three days that occurred at Woodstock '99 (with some lead-up and a chunk of the disturbing aftermath). The awful heat, contaminated water, price gouging, garbage build-up, and general disregard for attendees in the name of profit basically resulted in a powder keg that metaphorically and at times literally blew up at the end of the festival. A lot of blame gets thrown around and the buck gets passed a bunch, but in the end, the whole thing clearly is a failure of epic portions. The result is a fascinating documentary that is totally worth your time. You can find it on Netflix.

5 out of 5 stars.

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