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Le Temps - Switzerland | Saturday, August 15, 2009

The dream of Woodstock lives on

The daily Le Temps writes on the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival in the US state of New York: "The poster for the festival read '3 days of peace and music'. Forty years later music has become omnipresent, if not anaesthetizing. And peace reigns in the air-conditioned supermarkets. Is that all there is to be said? Things are more complex than that. Woodstock also expressed values that were hardly prevalent at the time, like respect for the planet. ... In four months, 200 governments will meet in Copenhagen to limit pollution emissions. Success will ulitimately depend on the participants' skill at listening and working together. ... These too were values championed forty years ago [at Woodstock]."

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