Air Date July 23, 2021: Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage is the first film to debut as part of Music Box, a collection of documentary films created by Bill Simmons (Andre The Giant, Showbiz Kids) exploring pivotal moments in the music world. Directed by Garret Price (Love, Antosha), the film tells the story of Woodstock ‘99, a music festival promoted to echo unity and counterculture idealism of the original 1969 concert, but instead devolved into riots, looting, and sexual assaults.
Unfolding over three days of intense heat and non-stop performances, Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage examines how the festival eventually collapsed under the weight of its own misguided ambition and resulted in a grim outcome, earning the event the infamous distinction of “the day the nineties died.” The documentary focuses a spotlight on American youth at the end of the millennium, in the shadow of Columbine and the looming hysteria of Y2K, pinpointing a moment in time when the angst of a generation galvanized into a seismic cultural shift. Set to a soundtrack of the era’s most aggressive rock bands, the film also reappraises the 1960s mythos, revealing hard truths about the dangers of rose-tinted nostalgia in the age of commercialism and bottom-line profits.
Total Duration: 1 Hour Minutes 50 Minutes in FULL HD
New cast interviews with the following:
Maureen Callahan, Carson Daly (MTV News), Jonathan Davis, Mike Elling, Joseph Griffo (Mayor of Rome, NY), Jake Hafner, Ken Hinely, Dexter Holland, Dave Holmes (MTV News), Steven Hyden, Jewel (Jewel Kilcher), Dave Konig, Michael Lang, Jessica Levin, Moby, Wesley Morris, Dave Mustaine (Metallica/Megadeath), Noodles, Liz Polay-Wettengel, Nick Rizzo, John Scher, Rob Sheffield, Scott Stapp, Tariq Trotter, and David Vadnais
The following cast listing appears via archive footage in this documentary:
Joan Baez, Lance Bass, Jason Biggs, James Brown, JC Chasez, Chuck D (Public Enemy),
Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Kurt Cobain, Joe Cocker, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Tim Commerford, Chris Connelly, David Crosby, Sheryl Crow, Roger Daltrey (The Who), Zack De La Rocha, Andy Dick, Matt Dillon, DMX, Gord Downie, Adam Duritz (Counting Crows) Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit), Bob Dylan, Shannon Elizabeth, John Entwistle (The Who), Joey Fatone (N’Sync) Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Bill Gates, Dave Grohl (Nirvana and Foo Fighters) Kirk Hammett, Jimi Hendrix, James Hetfield (Metallica), Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys), Jamiroquai, Wyclef Jean, Kid Rock, Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Chris Kirkpatrick, Edward Kowalczyk, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Monica Lewinsky, Kurt Loder (MTV News), Jennifer Lopez (JLO) Dave Matthews, Melanie C (Spice Girls) Mike D (Beastie Boys), Keith Moon (The Who) Tom Morello, Alanis Morissette, Graham Nash, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Edward Norton, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Bill O’Reilly, Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries), Rosie Perez, Brad Pitt, Garret Price, Questlove, Keanu Reeves, Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Carlos Santana, Shaggy 2 Dope, Chad Smith, Tabitha Soren (MTV News), Britney Spears, Stephen Stills, Sly Stone, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Justin Timberlake, Pete Townshend (The Who) Verne Troyer, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich (Metalllica), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Violent J (Insane Clown Posse), Brad Wilk and Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys)
J. Mac (verified owner) –
This doc is from the music box series, all of which are terrific, and all of which are only available from the fine folks at MVR. Looking back at this event it really is shocking to see what a total gong show it actually was. Unbearable heat coupled with no water (unless you could afford the ridiculous prices) and copious amounts of alcohol and drugs is never a good combination. Then when you throw in some of the angriest bands of that time the powder keg was going to explode. This doc is beautifully transferred by the geniuses at MVR and as such the audio and video are superb. And if you enjoyed this doc you should also check out the other music box docs available exclusively at MVR as well as the other documentary on Woodstock “Trainwreck: Woodstock 99”, which is also fabulous and exclusively available as a 2 DVD Set at MVR. Now with all the bad things said about this event, I’d be willing to bet that if you asked those who attended if they’d do it again, well over 90% would say yes. That’s the beauty of being young.