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Woodstock is being hailed as the musical festival that changed American cultural history in a new documentary set to air on ABC Tuesday night.
Marking 50 years since the watershed event, Generation Woodstock features interviews with Michael Lang and Artie Kornfeld, the duo who planned the three-day concert when they were just in their mid-twenties.
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In a sneak preview of the TV special, Lang, now 74, says the extravagant event - held in August 1969 - was an explosive response to the political malaise that the hippie generation had been feeling over the course of the decade.
Disillusioned by the Vietnam War, the backlash over Civil Rights and the assassinations of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr, 400,000 young Americans descended on Bethel, New York, to defiantly declare their love of equality and freedom, as well as sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
Statement - Lang - Preview - Show
'The best political statement we could make is that it worked,' Lang can be seen reminiscing in a new preview of the show.
He and Kornfeld - who also features in the documentary - said they were hoping 200,000 people would attend the event.
Number - Artists
But more than double that number turned up to listen to artists...
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