WOODSTOCK 99: PEACE, LOVE, AND RAGE, A Look At How An Iconic Celebration Of Harmony Descended Into Mayhem, Debuts July 23, Marking The 22nd Anniversary Of The Festival. First Film In The MUSIC BOX Series, A Collection Of Documentary Films Created By Bill Simmons
HBO’s WOODSTOCK 99: PEACE, LOVE, AND RAGE, the first film in the MUSIC BOX series, directed by Garret Price (“Love, Antosha”) and executive produced by Bill Simmons (HBO’s “Andre The Giant”, “Showbiz Kids”), tells the story of Woodstock 99, a three-day music festival promoted to echo unity and counterculture idealism of the original 1969 concert but instead devolved into riots, looting and sexual assaults. The grim outcome earned the event the infamous distinction of “the day the nineties died.” WOODSTOCK 99: PEACE, LOVE, AND RAGE 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.
To coincide with the 22nd anniversary of the festival, MUSIC BOX: WOODSTOCK 99: PEACE, LOVE, AND RAGE debuts FRIDAY, JULY 23, (9:00 – 10:50 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. The film kicks off MUSIC BOX, a collection of documentary films created by Bill Simmons, debuting in fall of this year.