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“Woodstock 99″ first in music doc series from HBO, Bill Simmons

HBO has slated Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage, a feature about the infamous music festival and the first in a series of documentaries from executive producer Bill Simmons (The ...
July 8, 2021

HBO has slated Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage, a feature about the infamous music festival and the first in a series of documentaries from executive producer Bill Simmons (The Ringer, Andre the Giant).

Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage will debut on HBO on July 23 and will also stream on HBO Max. The film, from director Garret Price (Love, Antosha), looks at the three-day music festival held to mark the 30th anniversary of the iconic 1969 event. It was intended to echo the “peace and love” message of the original show but instead devolved into riots, looting and sexual assault, thanks in part to a lineup stacked with artists catering to a young and aggressive male audience.

Billed as an exploration of the end-of-the-millennium cultural shift, the documentary also re-examines the legacy of the 1960s and the dangers of rose-tinted nostalgia. It includes interviews with Woodstock 99 organizers Michael Lang and John Scher, as well as first-hand accounts from festival attendees and musicians including The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Korn’s Jonathan Davis, Moby, Jewel, The Offspring, and Creed’s Scott Stapp.

Woodstock 99 is the first entry in HBO’s Music Box series, a collection of documentaries created by Simmons that will continue to roll out this fall. Subsequent films in the series, each from a different director, include Jagged, about Alanis Morissette’s groundbreaking 1995 Jagged Little Pill album, from director Alison Klayman (which is set to screen at TIFF); an untitled film on the final years of rapper DMX’s life from Christopher Frierson; Listening to Kenny G, a look at the popular and polarizing instrumentalist from director Penny Lane; Mr. Saturday Night, about disco pioneer Robert Stigwood, from director John Maggio; and an untitled documentary on the impact that late rapper Juice WRLD had during his short life, directed by Tommy Oliver.

Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage is a Ringer Films production in association with Polygram Entertainment. It was produced by Sean Keegan and Adam Gibbs; executive produced by Bill Simmons, Jody Gerson and Marc Cimino; co-executive produced by Geoff Chow, Sean Fennessey and Noah Malale. Tina Nguyen was senior producer for HBO, with executive producers Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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