The 2009 Austin City Limits Festival kicks off Friday, and many of you are no doubt devising parking strategies and grappling with various permutations of 'How will I make it from the [a] set at [b] stage in time to catch [x]'s set at the [y] stage?' It's a serious dilemma, as ACL always puts together a solid lineup. Our only advice to you is to blow off Dave Matthews and head to the Ginger Man. But aside from that, you probably have other lingering concerns. Music festivals are notoriously chancy things, seeing as how they rely on the coming together of such capricious elements as weather, police temperament and musician stability to make for a pleasant experience. Certain inconveniences (45-minute port-a-john lines) and annoyances (Arctic Monkeys) are to be expected at almost every festival, but we at Rocks Off sincerely hope everyone heading to Austin tomorrow avoids a festival experience like one of these:Woodstock 1999, Rome, N.Y.:
If anything good came out of this epic disaster, it was the widespread dissemination through worldwide media of the fact that Fred Durst is a fucking asshole. Aside from that, thedippy stories
predicting a world-changing event were sort of right: after a weekend of rape, assault, arson, and vandalism, people no longer associate anything positive with the name "Woodstock."
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As Homer Simpson said, "For me, the sixties ended that day in 1978," or something. The murder of Meredith Hunter during the Rolling Stones' headlining set marked the death of the Woodstock generation, if you're the sort of person who believes the rise or fall of historical epochs hinges on a single event. In any case, you can make the argument that giving bikers free beer and expecting them not to go apeshit is ample evidence that the hippies wouldn't have survived on their own for long, anyway.