It was going to be the “biggest party on the planet.” That was the thought for a multi-day music pageant providing a throwback to the unique 1969 model of Woodstock that was headlined by The Grateful Dead, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, and extra. However, the newly launched Netflix documentary mission Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 makes clear that, for all its ambitions, the latter is remembered as one thing else, as an alternative.
The pageant was, briefly, an unmitigated catastrophe. One that was ripe with violence, vandalism, tales of sexual assault, and extra such chaos. Making even the Fyre Festival, by comparability, seem like a mannequin of organizational effectivity.
Read on, and we’ll let you know all about this new mission from the streamer beneath. You’ll positively wish to examine your nostalgia for the 90s on the door first, although.
Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 now streaming on Netflix
One factor we must always notice proper off the bat about Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99, which spans three episodes on Netflix:
The mission appears to have modified its title on the final minute, with “trainwreck” now changing the unique descriptor within the title (which was going to be the rather more evocative Clusterf**okay: Woodstock ’99). A little bit of a head-scratcher, that, because it’s not like Netflix hasn’t used that type of language in a title earlier than (see: The End of the F***ing World).
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At any charge, right here’s the streamer’s official abstract for Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99. “Woodstock ‘99 was imagined to be a millennium-defining celebration of peace, love, and nice music.
“Instead, the festival degenerated into an epic trainwreck of fires, riots, and destruction. Utilizing rare insider footage and eyewitness interviews with an impressive list of festival staffers, performers, and attendees, this docuseries goes behind the scenes to reveal the egos, greed, and music that fueled three days of utter chaos.”
Reviews and response
This is why I’m frightened of festivals.
A pageant documentary that doubles as a catastrophe film.
Those are a number of the takes you’ll discover on Twitter about Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99, which a 3/5 Guardian overview describes as a “brisk and horrifying watch.”
And paired with all of the horror, together with rape and arson, that unfolded? The documentary additionally features a depressingly apparent reminder in regards to the pageant organizers. One that in all probability didn’t want saying, however the documentary makes it express anyway:
Lest it wasn’t clear sufficient, it appears the organizers have been … merely out to make as a lot cash as doable. What else is new?