'Woodstock 99' Explores How Festival "Became a Flashpoint for Burgeoning White Toxic Masculinity"

HBO has unveiled the official trailer of its upcoming documentary, Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage.

Directed by Garret Price and executive produced by Bill Simmons, the upcoming title is the first film in the Music Box series and explores the three-day Woodstock ‘99 music festival, which is normally described as “the day the nineties died”:

“WOODSTOCK 99: PEACE, LOVE, AND RAGE unfolds over three blazing hot days and nights of nonstop performances and heaving mosh pits in July 1999, and examines how the festival eventually collapsed under the weight of its own misguided ambition. The musical lineup reflected acts that dominated MTV and radio airwaves at the time and leaned heavily towards artists catering to a young, male demographic. Intense heat, lack of adequate sanitation and access to free drinking water agitated a crowd already at a breaking point. Shortcuts and cost-cutting measures had diminished security, allowing the anger and frustration of the mob to explode into unchecked rioting and destruction. As much as Woodstock 69 became known as a celebration of peace and inclusion, Woodstock 99 became a flashpoint for burgeoning white toxic masculinity.”

The documentary will feature expert insights from the likes of organizers Michael Lang and John Scher, culture critics Wesley Morris, Maureen Callahan and Steven Hyden and first-hand accounts from musicians like The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Korn’s Jonathan Davis, Moby, Jewel, The Offspring, Creed’s Scott Stapp and festival attendees.

Watch the full trailer above. Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage premieres July 23 on HBO and HBO Max.

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