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HBO’s ‘Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage’ Will Cure Your 1990s Nostalgia

To be the nineties were great? The decade creates a special traction — its fashion, Music, that is anime, its angry shopping stars, the general air of social media innocence mixed with expressive mockery. All evoke the longing of those of us older, such as 21. Name your nostalgia trigger — CDR, But you friendsoft hair Hugh Grant, TLC, Kate Moss, Diddy, Nirvana — and you’ll find a bunch of obsessed people on Instagram, on Reddit, on podcasts ready to serve you.

Such bubbles can burst over time. So I watched with growing attention and dismay the new and rather fascinating documentary, Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage (directed by Garret Price and part of an upcoming film Music Box documentary series on HBO Max do Ringerby Bill Simmons). It’s a concert film with a history lesson, and although it’s clunky and uninventive in form, it does a neat subversive trick that entices nostalgics. 90s like me just to completely relieve our nostalgia.

Woodstock in 1999 was the festival’s third iteration — after the original in 1969 and a successful reboot in 1994 — but this time organizers set it on a desolate Air Force base in Rome. , New York (essentially a brutal scene of concrete and fences), and has preordered a collection of bands heavily leaning towards hard rock and metal (Korn, Kid Rock, Rage Against the Machine, Limp Bizkit, Metallica, Megadeth). The film deftly contextualizes this decision through interviews with musicians like Moby, gem (one of only three women, along with Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morissette, performed at the festival), and critics such as Steven Hyden, Wesley Morris and Maureen Callahan. They remind us of what the late ’90s really were: a time when anything purely grunge and Nirvana represented was commercialized into a commercialized rage wave.

This anger is very, very white. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets that summer weekend for three days of bands and debauchery, mostly a group of white young men wearing cap and cap backwards. The homogeneity of the crowd, the sea of ​​absolute whiteness that roared with each band and twitched with every drop of the nü-metal bass was chilling down the spine. Even if you vaguely remember liking some of the music you’re listening to, you’ll think: Uh-oh.

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